EAT THE RUDE
Hey guys, it’s been quite a while since I last blogged. Today I wanna write about my latest obsession. Something that I can’t get my head off for the past week or so.
From the picture above, some of you might have guessed that it’s Hannibal Lecter. Not the series, the movies, or the novels per se, but the sole character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter himself.
Just a short intro to those alien to this world. Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character created by novelist Thomas Harris. Red Dragon was the first novel he published on Hannibal Lecter, in 1981. He made a series of novels following Red Dragon: The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. Hannibal is basically a cannibal (which is the greatest pun of all time) and he is closely related to the FBI. All the novels tell the story when he is already captured, au contraire to the TV series which sets just a little before Red Dragon, where we can see him practice his cannibalism and manipulative “humanity” or “civility”.
For the last three weeks, I have been slowly watching the series, created and produced by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes). I just finished watching the first season and currently watching the first episodes of season 2. Just so you know, the series was not my first exposure to the world of Hannibal Lecter.
One of the reasons as to why this “obsession” is seminal to me is because I don’t watch horror/thriller stuff. Nor do I enjoy them, though there exists an irony of which I am an avid “fan” of forensic anthropology, human psychology and physiology. It took me about a good year until I forced myself to watch this series, because someone actually recommended it to me.
I can tell you right now that the TV series is totally worth it. If you’re someone who enjoys entertainment with intelligent manipulation, seasoned with “schizophrenic” imagination and just a good dose of gore/exaggerated blood spits, this show might be for you. If you’re like me, who is sick of “clean” dead bodies or carcasses in typical crime shows, this show might be for you. This is a narrative in which you can engage criminal/forensic psychology and visual forensics in a level that I haven’t seen in other crime series. This Hannibal universe really showcases the limits of human “imagination”. There are a lot of conversations, for the sole reason that the show is not as high of a budget. Having said that, the show is extremely, beautifully shot. The sets and food are very believable. I’m really happy that the team chose Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen to play Will Graham and Hannibal respectively.
If you’ve never been exposed to this world however, “viewer discretion is advised” really holds. I don’t think it’s so much the graphic imagery and gore per se, but more to the psychological effect of the story. In the books, the movies and the series especially, you get to experience madness, whether from the killer’s, profiler’s or the cannibal’s perspective.
I’m also reading Red Dragon, and I’m enjoying every page of it.