Review: ‘Hannibal’ recreates a classic story – 5/8/2013

‘Hannibal’ is a recreation of the classic Thomas Harris story by taking audiences on a thrill set before the events of ‘Red Dragon’.

The series focus on the developing relationship between FBI Special Agent Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the aftermath of ending Garrett Jacob Hobbs, (aka “The Minnesota Shrike”) killing spree while slowly beginning the hunt for the “Chesapeake Ripper”.

Bryan Fuller really did make good use of the source material while taking some creative liberties to expand upon the story. Each episode either focus on the Hobbs / Chesapeake Ripper case or a disturbing killer whose actions keeps pushing Graham to the edge (with a little pressurization from Hannibal).

Known for his role as Le Chiffre in Casino RoyaleMads Mikkelsen performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter is the biggest driving force behind the series. Already familiar with one of literature most iconic villains has allowed him to develop a performance that would be unjust to compare with Sir. Anthony Hopkins take on the character.

Another cast member who is all to familiar with his role is Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, head of Behavioral Sciences at the FBI. Already having made a mark on crime drama with his role as Dr. Raymond Langston on CSI, Fishburne brings a fresh take on the Crawford role.

CSI fans could also recall that Fishburne replaced William Peterse who had played Will Graham in Manhunter.

Also among the cast is Lara Jean Chorostecki as the tabloid blogger, Fredricka “Freddie” Lounds. Her character is your typical tabloid writer who is so obnoxious that you can’t wait until the Tooth Fairy burns her alive.

Unfortunately there is nothing really impressive about the performance of Hugh Dancy as Will Graham. Its not that his performance is being compared to Peterse or Edward Norton but that this version of Will Graham is very cliche.

He is just your stereotypical brilliantine detective who has some kind of social issues; just like in MonkThe Mentalist, and Elementary. But what makes Graham difference is that he could mentally recreate the crime using “magic vision”, a ridiculousness trait that anyone who played Hitman: Absolution is familiar with.

Despite its shortcomings regarding its main character, Hannibal is an excellent recreation of the classic series that both horror and crime drama fans will enjoy. Hopefully you have the stomach for it.

Written for Digital Journal
05/8/2013
Original Article: Review: ‘Hannibal’ recreates a classic story

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About Stan Rezaee
I'm a writer from San Jose who has contributed to several online and print publications.

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