This is the story of the monster Hannibal Lecter's formative years. These experiences as a child and young adult led to his remarkable contribution to the fields of medicine, music, painting and forensics.
I don't think many people have been excited about this film to say the least. It seems we have no longer fear Hannibal the Cannibal as a society like we once did. For indeed the man that Jodie introduced us to years ago has been beaten into the ground from too many movies and too much over the top. BUT, the trailer was interesting enough for me to want to see how Hannibal became the cannibal despite not really being a big fan of any of the sequels.
To be blunt there were three things that this movie had going for it.
1) The actor playing the young Hannibal pulled Hopkins off surprisingly well.
2) An amazing shot of Hannibal as a child walking alone through a snowy field starving and freezing to death. From out of the woods and mist appears a platoon of white camo Russian troops wearing masks. The shot...WAS AWESOME!
3) At the end of the movie there is this one specific shot from a distance and down the hall of Hannibal feasting on his last victim that creates possibly my favorite shot from all the other three films. It's so animalistic, primeval, and creepy that to me it truly encompasses what this man has become...a monster. Amazing shot combined with amazing acting.
In all this wasn't a bad movie. I think in the hands of a different director it could have been amazing. I mean the script was written by the guy who wrote and created this creature of a man. So if you have enjoyed at least on of the other films then you can appreciate the spawning of the iconic monster we all no and...love?