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Valiant Attempt To Better The Original,
This review is from: Hannibal [DVD] (DVD)Reprising his role as the charming cannibal Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins dazzles yet again as he brilliantly and charismatically makes his way back into the limelight. On his trail is the brilliant but flawed FBI agent, Clarice Starling, played this time around by Julianne Moore.
What is striking about this admirable sequel is the beauty of it's locations, from Florence, to New England, to Sicily and a few in between. Moore proves her acting ability as Starling, and Ray Liotta plays the truly vile Paul Krendler, who is out to destroy Starling's stellar career. Whilst this film lacks the incredible suspense and shock value of 'Silence Of The Lambs', it does contain a memorably twisted performance from Gary Oldman as Mason Verger, one of Lecter's victims. Hatching a plot to capture Lecter and feed him to violent wild boars, the plot takes various interesting twists and turns until Lecter and Starling are ultimately reunited.
Hopkins' performance is as charming yet chilling as we have come to expect from him, and the chemistry between him and Moore as Starling is captivating to watch. Watching Lecter's excessive revenge on one of Starling's adversaries is also truly memorable. Overall, the film is beautifully shot, well-acted, though lacking in the same iconic dialogue as the original. Undoubtedly though, this film is beautiful to look at, and a fantastic soundtrack makes it beautiful to listen to, as well.