Hannibal (2001) stars Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman. This movie is classified as a Crime, Drama, and Thriller with a total run time of two hours and eleven minutes. This film is a sequel to Silence of the Lambs and brings us ten years past the events of the first film. We are reunited with Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter as Dr. Lecter emerges from the shadows and resumes his crimes. 

Hannibal Story Line

After the success of Silence of the Lambs and the audience attraction to the charismatic character of Dr. Lecter we get a film that we hoped would give us more information about our beloved Doctor. Sadly, this film doesn’t give us quite what we are looking for. The interesting choices that Lecter makes in his 10 years of freedom is unknown to us. We enter the story at the time of his discovery and when he’s on the run. This story line doesn’t quite satisfy our demand for the good doctor.

In this film we do get to meet Mason who is a former patient of Dr. Lecter and the only one who survived his attacks. Through the quest for revenge, we get a glimpse at some of his original crimes.

Character Development & Acting

The character development within this film is not as good as it could be. We get a hint of more history for Lecter but it doesn’t not build much beyond what we already know. There is some character building for Clarice as she struggles against the same sexist problems from the first film. What is interesting is that they suggest that Dr. Lecter may be in love with Clarice. His actions towards the end of the film could be interpreted that way but perhaps it’s not love so much as admiration.

The acting in this film is quite outstanding. Not only does Anthony Hopkins turn in another amazing and convincing performance but Gary Oldman, who plays Mason, does an incredible job. Gary Oldman has always been a man of many faces and characters but only a dedicated fan would be able to recognize him in this film. Despite the heavy face mask that obscures his features, Gary Oldman gives a strong performance. His voice is commanding for the character and you can really feel the emotions of the character. This performance is often overlooked in the hype of love of Hannibal.

Final Verdict

For those who love Hannibal Lecter, this film is a decent watch. It’s not the movie that the fans were hoping for when it was announced but it adds some interesting bits to the story of Lecter. Love of Gothic gives it 3.5 out of 5 bats.

3.5 out of 5 bats review

 Keeping Up with Hannibal

Hannibal is a decent addition to the world of Hannibal Lecter. Maybe the next installment will have more screen time for audience’s favorite sociopath. Join our mailing list to ensure that you never miss a new review or Gothic article. Be a part of your online community and connect with your scene today!