Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 615 times:
To be honest, after reading all three books when Hannibal came out, I have to admit that I found Silence of the Lambs far better, the best thriller of the three. However, Red Dragon (was that it's name?) was far more distrubing, as I sympathized and to some extend identified myself with the psychopath for most of the book, leaving me questioning my own morality....
Hannibal just left realism altogether and went straight into the fantasy regime as far as I'm concerned (yes, I do mean the brain thing, but the pigs as well)
PS: I never understood the purpose of the pigeon scene, either....
PPS: The movie is directed by Ridley Scott, right? So it is his next movie after Gladiator..... I wonder whether he'll manage to make it similarly successful.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 600 times:
I read Hannibal a couple weeks ago, and then read Red Dragon. I just purchased Silence of the Lambs so I'll have to see how that compares. I have seen the movie, but it has been a while so I'm looking forward to reading it. (With no TV, I've been doing a lot of reading!)
I thought Red Dragon was a good thriller, especially at the end. Hannibal was quite a bit longer, but I think it was just as good as Red Dragon. It seemed more advanced, but you're right in saying it was a bit far fetched. The pigs were believable, but not the brain thing. Unless a doctor or anyone else with medical knowledge can tell us otherwise.
If you look through the MGM site for the movie, it shows the pigs, so I guess they're in. They also show a still depicting the small avaition-related scene in the book so that's in unless it gets cut. BTW, one small error in fact here--the book has the flight taking place at night, but as far as I know, almost all of the westbound trans-Atlantic traffic chases the sun in the daylight. Oh well, I can let that slip.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 584 times:
The warden of "Silence of the Lambs" (was his name Barry or something with a B..?) talks to Clarice Starling while walking around through a town (on his way home). They encounter two pigeons. One is dead, lying in the gutter of the road (if my memory serves me right), while the other coos and constantly walks around its dead mate, mourning it. The warden shoos it away, encouraging it to stop the mourning. Then he picks up the dead one and goes home with it, where he intends to turn it into his lunch....
Who would do something like that? Even if I were homeless or in the hands of poverty I wouldn't eat roadkill - I would kill the pigeons myself before eating them.... After all, how can he know how long that thing has been dead?
And what purpose does it serve within the book? It merely solidifies all my disappointment about this book being totally unrealistic and set in a parallel universe of weirdos....
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 572 times:
Oh yea, I remember. That was kind of odd. But it didn't affect the way I felt about the book. It was probably supposed to be symbolic or otherwise meaningful in some form or fashion, but I didn't think into the book that much.
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2534 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 564 times:
Julianne Moore plays Clarice this time. My brother states, "She's the only actress who has full-frontal nudity in every movie." I actually cleaned up what he said, so it wouldn't get deleted, but it involves the words "monkey" and "diddle" in the same sentence.
Ridley Scott gushes that she will be a "sexier" Clarice than Jodie Foster was. Maybe it's just sour grapes on his part since La Foster gracefully declined to reprise the role this time.
Perhaps this rotating role will allow other actresses to show their chops as Clarice, a la every has-been TV/screen actress reciting "The Vagina Monologues" to "rapt" audiences.