I've seen a lot of dissing Hannibal in the other Lechter threads around here.
This movie was the ultimate Hannibal unleashed film and it showcased Hannibal, not Buffalo Bill or the Toothe Fairy, but rather the man of the hour!
There is such class in making a guy eat his own brains! That was awesome!
Also, how he gutted and hung the police inspector was great, tying it in with the history of the guys' family, Judas, and all of that.
Anthony Hopkins is incredible and I loved Julliane Moore as Starling - especially in that evening dress she wore at the end.
The quick killings of the bounty hunter and the stabbing of the pick-pocket "you know where" was classic.
And I can't believe Hannibal cut off his own hand, rather than harm Clarice - but it so helps to develop his character even more if that's possible.
This movie is the best of them all.
I really want to know how folks can be so critical of it?