One of the horror genre's "most widely read critics" (Rue Morgue # 68), "an accomplished film journalist" (Comic Buyer's Guide #1535), and the award-winning author of Horror Films of the 1980s (2007), The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia (2007) and Horror Films of the 1970s (2002), John Kenneth Muir, presents his blog on film, television and nostalgia, named one of the Top 100 Film Studies Blog on the Net.
I was wondering if you have seen the NBC prequel
I think it's one of the best shows currently
airing on television. I like that it's not trying to ape any of the
movies. It has its own visual style.
Mads Mikkelsen's Hannibal is subtler than Anthony
Hopkins' portrayal but equally effective. Hugh Dancy practically steals the
show from the title character as the neurotic Will Graham.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the first
season. The second has just started airing.”
Todd: great question. After you wrote, I purchased the Season One DVD
and began watching the series.
I’m very much enjoying it so far. The visual
style, as you say, is unique…and artistic. The early episode involving mushrooms growing on corpses was...vivid. The on-screen violence is quite bracing (and bloody). The series makes me miss Millennium (1996 - 1999) tremendously, as it delves into same of the same territory, though in its own original fashion.
And I have to agree with you that the
performances here are incredibly strong. Hugh Dancy is a revelation. He's so good in the first several episodes -- and Will is so interesting a protagonist -- that Hannibal is almost unnecessary. Mikkelsen's Hannibal is a remarkable mystery, a puzzle that unfolds before our eyes a jigsaw piece at a time. I've also been impressed with Laurence Fishburne's performance here. His Jack Crawford has a depth and humanity I didn't expect to see explored in what is, essentially, a supporting performance.
Finally, some of the background detail on the show is incredibly faithful to the literary Hannibal Lecter,
which was an unexpected and welcome touch.
I will write a full review of the season tomorrow morning (Tuesday), so be on
the look out