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, 23 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Hannibal - Season 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
Whilst not being the biggest fan of the Hannibal Lecter character and films I gave it a go due to the cast especially due to the casting of Hannibal. No suprise but Mads Mikkelsen is excellent as the psychiatrist, serial killer and all round good guy (well to the FBI he is a good guy.....the fools!). Its a nice and refreshing touch to feature this take on the character set in the present day. Its a stylish and well presented show no doubt about it whilst also giving a nod to the fashion and style from the past.
Viewers may initially be forgiven for thinking that the show is going to be dealing with a different serial killer during each episode but thats not the case. Once the scene has been set the series then concentrates on a small cast with some very fine actors. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is the resident FBI profiler tasked with solving some of the most grisley crimes. Up until the series I had no previous knowledge about the importance of the character in relation to the Lecter mythology but I do now. For the most part he is the main character and its his own journey into madness which forms the backbone of the series. But I as said, once the general theme has been established it's only then that Hannibal Lecter begins to manipulate and decieve. He earns the trust of not only Will Graham but his boss Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburn who does a fine job as the with his voice of authority but treads the line of pushing Will Graham too far in order to get the job done). With the mental demands of the job taking its toll on Will, Hannibal is able to sow the seeds of doubt and mistrust between the FBI agents whilst also playing what appears to be a sane confidant. All whilst moving the people around like pieces on a chess board or puppets on string.
So whilst being insane its also hard not to like the character. He always appears to be an honest man despite being somewhat aloof. Thankfully this take on Lecter is not in anyway over the top and is quite understated. A man of knowledge, a taste in culture, music, clothes and of course food. Each episode is named after French culinary terms whilst the show did also employ a chef from ElBulli to help with the food.......and it looks amazing. There is a lot of dark humour from Lecter especially when he observes guests being treated to a meal in his own home.
Hannibal has his own psychiatrist played by Gillian Anderson. Beautiful and ellegant, Dr Bedelia is Lecter's intellectual equal and you may suspect knows more than she lets on. It's here that we see a different side of Lecter himself. He appears to have conflicting feelings about Will Graham's mental stability however he does have his own agenda for Will and indeed anyone who he feels that can serve a purpose.....his own. A couple of other familiar faces pop up in guest roles such as Eddie Izzard and Lance Henriksen. The show doesn't skimp on the blood and gore especially for a tv series just for those who are squemish.
All in all its been the best show on tv this year (yes, that includes you game of thrones but this is just my opinion) thankfully due to a brilliant cast and direction with a second series to come as there is still much to learn about Dr Lecter.
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