I have become hooked on Hannibal. Mads Mikkelsen's portrayal is a very interesting look at a younger, saner Hannibal (and the man is drop-dead gorgeous). The character of Will Graham has been fleshed out very well and I like the way in which we're getting to see the development of the relationship between the two men. I'm looking forward to this show lasting a long time.
Inauthentic shock-value and nothing more. You need to be both a sadist and a masochist to watch this show. There's nothing legitimate about it. I have a serious interest in both psychology and crime. This is just garbage with high production values.
Hannibal as a series was outstanding. I was a bit worried when I heard about it, that the character wouldn't work out as well as it did in the books. Diabolically delicious is a term you can use to describe how Hannibal manipulates all the pieces on his chessboard. He has a sense of "feelings" for some of his victims (Abigail Hobbs and Will), but this won't prevent him from finally having them end up in his dinner course if they get too close. Will seems to be a special experiment for him, since he wants to explore and learn more about the workings of Will's brain, I guess this in a way is what saved him.
I also liked the episode "Fromage" where Hannibal shows he's the big dog keeping intruders out of his territory by finally eliminating Tobias (and that annoy little yapping pup, Franklyn).
In all, the series is quite intriguing and compelling to watch, seeing how Will steps into the killer's mind and watching Hannibal's manipulations of the FBI and how he goes about framing Will.
Loved seeing Gillian Anderson as Hannibal's therapist, and wondering what's going on in the undercurrent of their relationship, since the patient that attacked her was a referral from Hannibal. Did he want her to stop seeing patients so he could have her all to himself? Just wondering.
And finally the Hannibal character is well interpreted, played by Mads Mikkelsen, suave and chillingly in control, the only thing is I haven't gotten use to his accent and lose some of the dialog, have to keep backing up and re-listening and sometimes even then I don't get it. But in all, totally satisfied with this series and looking forward to the next 3 seasons (heard it's going to 4 seasons catching up to the point in the movies) to see what future Will will have and the machinations of Hannibal. Going back to the books and to the movies to freshen up on the character. Until then Bon Appetit.
I really wanted to love this show. I really, really did. I'm a massive Hannibal fan. Even Hannibal Rising is ranted high as a guilty pleasure for me. I love the books, the movies, the extended mythology... in short, I love Hannibal. So when I heard they were making a show based on his early interactions with Will Graham, the cop from Red Dragon, I couldn't wait to see it!
And you know, some aspects of it really, really do work.
In this version of the show, Will is one step away from being a nutcase, but I like this approach. It makes him very interesting to watch and he's also played very well. It's a little different from the book; I can't see this Will ever finding a family with Molly and Josh, but this difference is good. I like his seemingly supernatural powers when looking at a crime scene.
I also really like most of the supporting cast. Jack Crawford is good, Bloom is good... in short, they are all fine.
What ruins this show for me is two things, and the first really is unforgivable: Hannibal. Look, I don't like criticising actors, as acting really is alien to me, and I've seen Mads be really good in other things... but as Hannibal, good he is not. Yes, there are obvious comparisons to Anthony Hopkins to be drawn here, but it goes deeper than that. To me, Hannibal is a manipulative, charming, utterly sinister genius that is one step ahead of everyone. He has his own vision of the world that nobody is party to, and if you let this get the better of you, you are dead. He needs to electrify the screen. For this series to work as well as Silence did, you need to be utterly amazed by Hannibal. I can see what they have tried to do with Mads, as Hannibal does have a foreign background. But, alas, it just doesn't work. Half the time I can barley understand what Hannibal is saying, which takes me out of the scene straight away. There's just no presence because of this. I don't get the feeling of danger from him at all. In all honesty, he's just a pretty monotone doctor who just happens to be a serial killer, but there is no sense of genius (this is partially to do with the writing, which I'll cover next). There's no reason to believe that Will, a damn clever guy himself, wouldn't see Hannibal for what he was instantly. In short, Hannibal is not the best thing about the show. He is, in all honesty, dull, and the worst. And, in a show where he's supposed to be the main character, this is just a fail.
The second problem is the writing. I watched, I think, six episodes before I finally gave up, and it's mostly crime of the week, something I'm really not a fan of as every episode will start the same and end the same. One episode, in which a man is skinning people alive to make them look like Angels by suspending them from their back skin and muscles, is a brilliant idea completely ruined by its ending, where we are supposed to believe the killer then did that to HIMSELF. Yeah, okay then. I suppose the argument could be Hannibal did it. If so, why the hell doesn't Will even question that a man supposedly skinned himself alive and then suspended himself from the ceiling? And this is just one of the many questions you ask yourself that can be rounded up into one: why are the police fricking morons? For the story to progress, they have to be. It was the same problem with the Following, but here it's worse as Will is supposed to be a Sherlock Holmes type figure.
Alas, though, it's Hannibal that's the problem. Those nitpicks above could be forgotten if not forgiven if Hannibal was, well, an interesting character. Here, he's not, and, for me, it just makes the whole show another boring cop drama. Such a shame.
If you're looking for something different from the typical procedural drama, or even something one step beyond usual serialized dramas, you should check this out. But be warned, as this is not everyone's cup of tea. It's kinda strange and convoluted, so get ready for the least typical show on the big networks.
When I first heard of this show I had high hopes but low expectations. After finishing the first season I have to say that my hope was rewarded and the overall quality reaching far, FAR beyond my expectations.
Not only is this a good show, but is a GREAT show, in ways I didn't imagine. It is a psychological thriller centering around the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham, where Mads Mikkelsen (excellently) plays Lecter as a truly cold and calculating psychopath and Hugh Dancy (also really good) playing a profiler with a superb, but double-edged ability to empathize with serial killers. And it is here we find one of the show's greatest (and most surprising) strengths; Graham's gradual descent into mental instability caused by his superior profiling capabilities.
We're given a really dark and unpleasant view into someones crumbling mental state, and that's all enhanced by the show's dark visuals, graphic imagery and haunting auditory.
As a series, I cannot think any better on television at this present time and if I were to go back, I can only think of one series that could touch it, that being Twin Peaks. The writers of Hannibal are not writers but artists who along with such towering performances of Lawrence Fishburne and Mads Mikklesen have crafted a feast for our visual tastebuds, Hugh Dancy's portrayal of Will Graham was given time to bear fruit and in its Season 1 finale, showed that he has the right to stand in the presence of his fellow actors and as the finale ended, we are given a vision of their fortunes in reverse for both Graham and Hannibal, while in the background played Zimmer's and Cassidy's music of Dante's sonnet which paged homage to the inevitable future of their lives and kindly asks us, the audience. to return to the next chapter which will begin in the middle of next season. Can we wait so long, i hope so!
I first got into the Hannibal series about 10-15 years ago through the movies, and with the exception of Hannibal, I really enjoyed the ones that I've seen (I haven't seen Hannibal Rising). The thing that I loved most about these movies is not so much Hannibal's character, but rather how he plays off of the FBI agents who come to him for help, manipulating them by digging into the darkest parts of their subconscious. This kind of psychological terror was much more interesting to me than the horror of a cannibalistic serial killer (though that's not to say I didn't like that aspect of the stories as well).
After hearing that they were making a TV prequel to this series, I was cautiously interested. How well could they make the show, especially since it was going to be on NBC? Would they have to tone it down? Where would the focus lie: exploring the cannibalistic nature of Hannibal, or would it be similar to the books/movies, where Hannibal was used to play off the other characters? Even though the series was created by Bryan Fuller, who I like based on the shows I've seen by him, I was worried it would fail to do what a Hannibal series should.
However, it turns out that there was no need to worry, since it stays true to my favorite elements from the movies, while making the story its own. The show centers around Will Graham, the protagonist from Red Dragon/Manhunter, who's called in by the FBI to help investigate a series of brutal murders. Will is "blessed" with the ability to get inside of the minds of killers which is a great help in murder investigations, but as we soon find out, puts a strain on Will's mental health. Of course, the show wouldn't be "Hannibal" without Hannibal Lector, who is still a practicing psychiatrist, and is brought in to help keep tabs on Will's mental stability.
This set-up gives the writers plenty of opportunity to play with the classic Hannibal formula seen in the movies/books. None of the other characters know that Hannibal is a cannibalistic murderer, and therefore he's not nearly as direct as he was in those movies, but there's more than enough Hannibal manipulations to please most of the fans. And it certainly helps that the dialogue between characters is very well-written, with great subtle lines that can often darken the mood or lighten it. The writers can be very playful with the fact that only Hannibal and the viewers know his true nature, while the people around him are in the dark. And Mads Mikkelsen does a great job with the more subtle nature of the writing, being simultaneously charming (so that it's believable why some characters would be attracted to him in some way) and creepy.
On top of the great writing, one of my favorite aspects of the series is the visual direction the show has taken. Most of the scenes have a very artistic presentation to them. I think the visual style adds a lot to the series. In a way, it's kind of like Hannibal's character in that it's very appealing, drawing you in, but if you know about the darker edge to that beauty, you will find yourself disgusted by it. Perhaps even more so because of its beauty. For example, there are scenes where Hannibal has people over for dinner, serving them his "special" kind of food. These dishes are laid out very artistically, like the kind of dishes you'd see done by a very highly respected chef (and in fact, the creators of the show did bring in such a chef to prepare the meals). If you were served these types of dishes normally, you'd surely be drooling over them, and admiring the artistic ways in which they're presented. However, since you do know what Hannibal is serving, it only makes it even more unsettling. But the food isn't the only thing that's beautiful about the show. The set design, the costumes, the few special effects they use in certain scenes... Even most of the murders have their own artistic beauty to them.
I won't say that the show is perfect, however. The series, while mostly focused on the character progressions and interactions, and the bigger storylines, does have its shares of stand alone cases thrown in (more so in the first half of the season). A lot of these cases are very interesting, and fit well into the bigger story. However, there are a few of these cases which don't work quite as well in my opinion. I wouldn't say they were terrible stories, and the fact that every single episode contains great scenes that contribute to the bigger storyline helps make up for these weaker stories, but they do slightly weaken an otherwise fantastic series. Also, while the fact that the seasons are 13 episodes each help make the main stories tighter, with less filler than a normal 24 episode season, it also means that it will be harder to simultaneously progress the main story while also fleshing out the different characters. The writers have done a great job with Hannibal and Will's characters, and a few of the side-characters do bring good aspects to the series, but I do think there's lot more they could do with these side-characters.
This series has brought back my love for the Hannibal series. I haven't seen the movies in several years. This series is so good that it makes me want to revisit those movies, even giving Hannibal a second chance, and Hannibal Rising a first chance. I've also never read the books, but now I definitely want to read them, though I will probably wait until after the series ends. Hopefully that won't be for a while. During a couple of interviews I've read with Bryan Fuller, he mentioned that he does have plans for several seasons. Based on these plans, if it's cancelled early I'd be fine with it, as long as it reached its third season, but I'd much rather have his whole vision brought to life, even if another channel or streaming service like Netflix has to pick it up.
Everything about this show will capture you and blow you away. The writing is concise and beautiful, as is the scenery and mirror-realistic acting. I have high hopes for Hannibal, in that it will inspire viewers to watch something more intellectual and CRAFTED during their leisure time!
Never really was a fan of movies turned into television shows. I didn't even attempt to watch Bates Motel, but Hannibal on the other hand is surprisingly an excellent show that completely took me off guard. First saw the preview on YouTube and it was attractive. Mads Mikkelson is what led me to watch because he's an awesome Danish actor that has this ability to just transform. Just look at those dead, lifeless eyes. He does a superb job seeing Anthony Hopkins made the role popular, but he equally gives you that creepy feeling. Hugh Dancy grew on me as the show went on. I guess it was first difficult to match him to Edward Norton in Red Dragon, but I think this Will Graham is closer to the book. I love the colors and the scenery. Its a bit graphic, but it works for this type of show. Will's psychosis is one of the interesting aspects of the show because you're never quite sure if he's dreaming or awake or sleepwalking. The writers do a great job of keeping you guessing and making it suspenseful. Hannibal is probably the best show on one of the four major networks right now. Was afraid it would get cancelled, but glad its renewed and glad I stuck with it...
If you like your shows with character development, when protagonists and antagonists roles are blurred and dialogue builds and builds than this is a show for you. The dead victims are artfully portrayed, although sometimes it makes my stomach queasy. I'm not a big fan of the genre of "horror" or even murder mysteries, but this show with it's characters like Will Graham and Hannibal keep me interested. There's a dark, foreboding tone to the nightmares, visions, and imagination of Will Graham as he reinvents the crime committed in the moment. These visions are portrayed in vividly jarring fashion in Will Graham's first person as he turns back time. Death of characters actually impact the continuous story line. If you're looking for a show full of blood and gore, this show isn't it. But if you're patient enough, you'll discover the complexity of the mysteries, a meditation on the minds of psycho-serial killers, and people you can actually empathize with.
oh my god oh my god oh my god I ignored this show!! I had the television on this when the pilot premiered and I was on my phone so I turned off my tv and forgot about it for a month. Then I forgot how I think tumblr or someone online wrote something about this and I said, "hey why not watch it, cannibals oh what fun!" I watched it and I fell in love. The pilot was gorgeous, Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen have done an amazing job portraying Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter, respectively and I feel that NBC has a jewel that they have yet to realize just how valuable it really is. If NBC wants to get back on top, and we all know they do, this is the show. This writing, this character development and this acting is what will help them. I'm glad NBC gave it a chance and it has a wonderful fanbase that is willing to support it through its ups and downs. Never have I cared about a character as much as I care about Will Graham. The beauty of this programming is what gives me hope for the future of television programming. I know it sounds like I'm basically idolizing this show but believe me this show deserves it. Last but not least,
The imagery can be a bit frustrating to me, but Hannibal as a character is great. I also love that as a viewer we know more than those on the show. I do worry about how long they pull this show off. I would rather season 2 be the last one and be phenomenal, than get 5 seasons that should have been 3.
I didn't really have that high expectations for the show, usually TV shows cant pull off the gore factor very well. But i was pleasantly surprised! Not only did they manage to pull off the wonderful crime scenes but I really fell head over heels over the characters. Honestly, Hannibal makes me want to scream at the screen which is perfect!
I love the whole serial killer thing I just hope they stick with that plot, although I really wont complain if they change it up, they're doing amazing so far, I have complete faith in the show ;D
I watched it for quite a few episodes, and now I wonder why so long. So many good shows have gotten canceled lately and terrible shows that go no where like this one get renewed. I just don't understand.
t has to be nepotism because it sure isn't quality.
I wish the sick-minded writers had done something better for society with their minds and time, and I wish I could get those 9 hours of my life back.
I really enjoy the characters although I was sceptical at first. The relationship between Will and Hannibal is well done imho, the stories are ok, albeit sometimes a bit confusing for a while. Not sure how long this will work as a series... there are only so many serial killer sout there.
BUT: The constant background sounds are really really annoying since most dialogues are spoken in hushed not really a background sound as it is often louder than the dialogue. and usually it's really unnecessary, the actors are good enough to convey when something is important or suspenseful.
For the next season, please fire your sound department because I can't understand half of what is said!
The stories are interesting but I can't get rid of the feeling that there's something wrong with the characters. Will - way too pathetic with these sad eyes all the time almost on the verge of being annoying. Lecter - there's something off with him too although I can't figure it out. And Dr. Crawford - I don't get why he should be so abrupt, rude and unreasonable.
I can't believe people wasted their time on "THE FOLLOWING," and haven't checked this show out yet. Wake up people, you are missing out. It is superior in everyway. In fact, I'm probably insulting the creators, as it shouldn't be compared to that. This is completely its own thing. Sorry about that.
As the fellow below has already said... the Storyline, the performances, directing, the way its edited and shot, the music I could go on and on. It is unlike anything you have seen before. Just not for the faint of heart.
The knee-jerk response to hearing about the show is of disgust (our culture is so sick, yada yada) but the execution of even the goriest scenes is elegant and in keeping with the almost clinical approach of the books. The characters are thoroughly fleshed out, and the dynamics between them in reaction to the crimes are the emphasis of each episode- not the crimes themselves. A fascinating show, pithy dialogue, great cast, etc. At this rate, deserving of many future seasons.
This show is beautiful. Every part of it is so aesthetically pleasing! The direction, the sets, the music, the acting, the writing; everything is flawless, except the characters. Every character has so many flaws that you can't help but fall in love with each of them. Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen are phenomenal. Amazing show.
This is a well crafted show, the characters are well developed and while it is filled with gore not any more than Dexter or some of the scenes in Criminal Minds. I think what shocks people most are the scenes where hannibal is preparing his "meat" and the repugnance of even the idea of cannibalism. The actors are superb in creating very complex characters and the writing is awesome. The audience is aware of who and what Hannibal is and will be in the future, but this show is about his relationships with those who are profiling him. It is sort of a game as to who is the better profiler as Hannibal teases and stays a hair ahead of the very people who are looking for him. Will Graham is haunted by his ability to identify with the killers so much that he risks losing his own identity and struggles with the killer within.
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