Hannibal (TV Show): Just Like Veal

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for religious symbolism and philosophical conversations

Take a Drink: whenever Will Graham empathizes or hallucinates

Take a Drink: for each grotesque human tableau

Take a Drink: for each disturbingly delectable-looking meal

Do a Shot: if you start to salivate a little

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Movie Review

By: Henry J. Fromage (Two Beers) –

Recently, one of the strangest, most disturbing, most thoroughly dark shows in TV history got its almost certain death sentence.  This show was broadcast on NBC.

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Where Coach qualifies as new ideas

I’m talking about, of course, Hannibal, a TV adaptation of the iconic Thomas Harris novels about everybody’s favorite cannibal, Hannibal (Lecter), played by Mads Mikkelsen, and his dangerous dance with the nigh-on supernaturally empathetic FBI Profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).

A Toast

The cast encompasses many more characters than these two, delivered with remarkably uniform aplomb.  When you manage to overshadow actors like Laurence Fishburne, Gillian Anderson, Eddie Izzard, Gina Torres, Richard Armitage, and the delightfully, disgustingly bizarre double team of Joe Anderson and Michael Pitt, you know you’re diong some special work, and Dancy did just that.  Mikkelsen’s achievement is even more impressive, as he’s forced to stand toe to toe with one of cinema’s most iconic villains, or characters, period.  For my money, he knocks him down, if not out.

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There’s a Mike Tyson joke in here, somewhere

Even more impressive, though, is how showrunner and visionary Bryan Fuller and his writers, music department, cinematographers, and production team create a darkly gorgeous, macabre, and operatic world for his characters to inhabit.  The melding of elliptical, punishing storytelling and beautiful, incredible, skin-crawling imagery is unlike anything else on television, and most anything on film for that matter.  The closest corollary is Under the Skin– yep, somehow NBC swapped out nudity for gore and ran Under the Skin on network television for three years.

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Except nastier

Beer Two

While there is plenty more source material, Hannibal does feel like it has run its course regarding its principal themes and character interactions.  Also, especially this season, the cinematography can sometimes shade so dark as to be impossible to parse what’s going on.

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Hannibal and Will, discussing the existence of the soul

Verdict

Hannibal, you weird, terrifying butterfly, you will be missed.

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About Henry J. Fromage

Movieboozer is a humor website and drinking games are intended for entertainment purposes only, please drink responsibly.

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