Site ColumnsBy Amy
February 15, 2001 - 3:25 PM
It’s actually pretty rare that I ever look forward to a movie – in fact, today marked the first time I’ve ever actually followed a movie from concept to finished product. I’ve followed this movie from the time the book was first released until today when the movie of it finally reached Australian shores. You can probably guess what movie I’m talking about by now. Yup, it’s ‘Hannibal’, sequel to the, in my opinion at least, masterpiece, ‘Silence of the Lambs’. And I have to admit that even including that altered ending, I wasn’t disappointed.
I don’t exactly know what it is about the good, or rather, monstrous doctor that captivates us so, but I wasn’t the only person in the theatre unable to tear my eyes away from the screen. Maybe it’s because he is a believable villain, I think, at least, one of the greatest fictional villains of our time. I don’t know about you, but I can all to easily imagine someone chillingly like everyone’s favourite cannibal walking around the streets of Florence, New York, even dear ‘ol dreary Perth (though what he’d be here for is anyone’s guess) – which has probably contributed for my sudden need for all the doors and windows to be locked, checked and double checked. Not that it would have much effect against someone of his intelligence. And perhaps the oddest thing about Lecter, and this certainly speaks volumes about Hopkins’ ability as an actor, is that that his odd form of charisma – the charisma many serial killers or sociopaths are said to extrude – extends to and influences the audience so that despite knowing the world as a whole would be safer with him back behind the glass, or preferably 6-feet under, we can’t help but want him to escape. He’s not so much evil as a force of nature. I don’t now exactly what that says about society, or, at least, about me, but there you go. On the other hand, you always know that he’s going to escape – the question is how.
Having said that – the book had a much better ending. Now all I need to do is find a copy of ‘Red Dragon’.
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