Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Hannibal' Disappointingly Bland.

Byline: The Reel Thing JAMES YODICE Of the Journal

The dominant thought in my brain when I put "Hannibal" down is, this is a novel that could never be seamlessly translated into film, at least not as written.

It is audacious, outrageous and borderline offensive. There are plot twists in its final pages that curdle the blood and repel the senses, and those who have read the book surely could agree on that. "Hannibal" is a work that virtually demanded an unfaithful adaptation if it were ever to be lifted from ink to celluloid.

That transformation takes life today almost exactly 10 years to the day that "The Silence of the Lambs" premiered in 1991 with Ridley Scott's graphic, stylish but emotionally vacant interpretation of Thomas Harris' twisted and controversial novel.

Since any analysis of "Hannibal" begins and ends with comparisons to the prequel unsporting as those comparisons may be that is the best place to start. …

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