Hannibal Rising: Movie Review! Read to know
Hannibal Rising is the tale of young Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic murderer featured in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. The current installment in this series explores Hannibal as a child and the horrors he experienced which led to his becoming the monster he is later in his life as I read on 9movies, which has full story narration and also video notes to make it understand in proper manner.
At the beginning of the story, young Hannibal and his family are fleeing from soldiers during World War II. They escape to a cabin in the woods, but their safety is short-lived. They are discovered first by enemy soldiers who gun down Hannibal’s parents right in front of him and his beloved little sister, Mischa. Hannibal and Mischa are left to fend for themselves and are soon discovered by marauding army deserters. Food is scarce, and the deserters eventually end up eating Mischa.
Hannibal survives the ordeal and ends up in an orphanage, where he is mistreated. By now a young man, he escapes and makes his way to France to search for his long-lost uncle. Upon arriving in France, he find that the uncle has died, leaving behind his beautiful Japanese wife, Lady Mursaka. Lady Mursaka takes Hannibal in and helps him to become the youngest person ever admitted to medical school.
Hannibal is haunted by dreams and memories that he does not fully understand. Eventually, he remembers enough to want revenge against the deserters who killed and ate Mischa. He begins hunting them down and killing them, one by one. Somewhere along the way, he develops the disturbing and disgusting habit of eating the cheeks of his victims.
The movie is well-acted. Gaspard Ulliel especially portrays a thoroughly evil Hannibal Lecter worthy of Anthony Hopkins’ depiction of the adult Hannibal. There are parts in the story, however, that are not well-explained. I felt as though I would have been lost or questioning had I not recently read the book. Missing from the movie script are the years that the adolescent Hannibal spent with his uncle and “aunt,” Lady Mursaka, raising him. Hannibal becomes very protective of her, and she of him. After his uncle’s death, their friendship gradually takes a romantic turn. The movie skips most of this part of the story, leaving the viewer not fully understanding why Hannibal is so taken with this woman.
In the book, author Thomas Harris creates a much more profound character than is portrayed in the film. The reader gains much more definite insight into what turned this tragic little boy into the adult monster. The movie focuses much more on the gore and blood of Hannibal’s murders and cannibalism. I found myself looking away from a couple of particularly grisly scenes.