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Thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship
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A visually stunning series with extremely talented actors. The almost dreamy world of Hannibal offers only the most intriguing of murder cases and mysteries. While several may be turned away by the gore, those who stick with it are rewarded week after week.

A visually stunning series with extremely talented actors. The almost dreamy world of Hannibal offers only the most intriguing of murder cases and mysteries. While several may be turned away by the gore, those who stick with it are rewarded week after week.

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Nov 5, 2014 12:11AM EST
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Beautiful cinematography amazing colours and accents throughout films visually spectacular. The writing is just as amazing if not more brilliants and each twist is as fucked up as the next solid psych thriller characters are developed and 3D brilliant writing the actors personally are perfect human beings that portray these characters magnificently, quick shout out to Mads He is organic and good at his job. WAOW. This IS AN INVESTMENT.

Beautiful cinematography amazing colours and accents throughout films visually spectacular. The writing is just as amazing if not more brilliants and each twist is as fucked up as the next solid psych thriller characters are developed and 3D brilliant writing the actors personally are perfect human beings that portray these characters magnificently, quick shout out to Mads He is organic and good at his job. WAOW. This IS AN INVESTMENT.

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Jul 17, 2014 9:27AM EDT
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This an interesting perception of Hannibal. It's borderline addictive.

This an interesting perception of Hannibal. It's borderline addictive.

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Hannibal was hard to stomach at times, but a thrilling and immersive show with rich cinematography, nauseating plot lines and characters delving beyond their limits to present a show unlike any other. (Thoughts on season 3 and the show as a whole below).

Hannibal is definitely a ‘one episode at a time’ show, and it’s taken me an age to watch and even longer to review, but I’ve finally realised how powerful the performances are in the show as certain scenes have stayed with me all this time. The actors who portray Will Graham, Hannibal and BeDelia all encompass the very souls of their characters and give absolutely stunning performances all season that evoke the complexities of their three way relationship as well as the facades they present to other characters.

Hannibal is the focus of the first few episodes as we see his new life in Italy, where he tricks every new character there as well as he has done in the US. He and Bedelia make an unusually perseptive team, and exploring their fascinating with human flesh in a different location was equally gross and fascinating. Bedelia hides and exposes different parts of herself - we see less of the therapist and more of her innate curiosity into psychopathology (specifically Hannibal and Will’s). She certainly plays an complex female character with a strong presence throughout the season, which was great!

Will Graham goes on quite the journey in the final season, he goes from despising, to searching, to capturing, to admiring, to working with, to loving Hannibal across the season. Will begins the season by recovering from injuries sustained at the end of series 2, and searching for Hannibal across Europe for the first few episodes, piecing together a very introspective backstory of Hannibal and his origins in eating people. He discovers on this journey how connected he is with Hannibal and that he “has never known himself better than when he is with Lecter” - a phrase that couple sum up the all consuing relationship the two men have with each other.

It takes a few episodes for the two men to actually meet, but the mutural pining for each other and electrifyingly charged meeting at an art gallery was well worth the wait. Each man trying to determine how much had changed in their relaionship, whilst simlatenously wanting to consume and destroy each other was a real masterpiece.

Their intense focus on each other continues when Mason Verger has them transported from Italy back to the US and the pinnacle episode “Digestivo” begins. Now, I’ve watched Hannibal and become slightly immune to the cannibalism and gore but being choked by eels, a foetus growing in a pig amongst other gory elements really did make me gag and leave the room. Hannibal has always been a show about strong visuals and pushing the bounaries of human form but this season really went far out.

After the brutality and gore, the season does a 180 and introduces new characters and plot lines for the final 5 episodes. The Red Dragon was an arc that felt far more like previous Hannibal seasons - an unusual serial killer case that required Will/Hannibal’s unique perspective to solve. I felt the final 5 episodes were much better paced than the first part of the season, purely s all the main characters were in the same location and most were either recovering from the earlier events of the season, or were actively working on the case.

I enjoyed how Will was more of a FBI profiler and thinking more clearly than he has down for a long time whilst working on the Red Dragon case. Seeing Will retreat from Hannibal’s influence and turn their relationship around so he is more in control was an interesting change in dynamic and certainly gave the scenes where Will and Hannibal were together a different ambience. Alana comes more into play in the latter half of the season - she and Frederick (how is he still alive?!) do a compelling job at trying to get one step ahead of Hannibal (and to some extent Will) but ultimately are no match for the key players of Hannibal and Will - they dance round each other and play each other so well, it was hard at times to work out who knew what and who was helping whom.

By the end of the season, it is clear that neither Hannibal or Will can live without each other. Their co-dependency is completed by the joint murdering of The Red Dragon, in an exemplary two vs one fight scene next to a dark cliff face with the sea swirling below. The tender moments shared between the two men just after the fight, before the fall to be engulfed by the sea, was heartbreaking and deeply moving. For all their dark, twisted and perseptive minds, these two characters have a passionate connection that held each other up, and allowed them to truly be themselves. Their final harmonius act of falling into the sea was a poetic masterpiece, even if it left the series with little closure as to their fates and that of many other characters.

Although the storyline of the season was jarring and confusing at times, the characters were strong and true to their individual natures. By only allowing glimpses of the outside world, Hannibal is a show that is suspended in it’s own mythology and desires of its main characters - which gives the audience a greater sense of immersion and does get you thinking deeply about many of the horrors showcased, almost treating them as ‘normal’.

Once again, I cannot fault the music, ambience or cinematography of the show. Everything flows together effortlessly to highlight the inky darkness, shades of grey and few light specks in the narrative as well as create an emotive atmosphere where characters shield and twist their true intentions from each other. The musical interludes injected horror, thriller and heightened emotion in every scene and perfectly accompanied the acting of each character, to convey additional depth to their actions.

Overall, I did enjoy watching the conclusion to the show, and I was pleased that the main theme of the entire season was on the ups and downs of Hannibal and Will’s intense relationship. These characters are so well written and acted, I still get shivers every time I see Mads Mikkelsen! The Red Dragon arc gave us a glimpse at how Hannibal could have gone down the Silence of the Lambs route, with Hannibal in prison but still controlling everything he could. The after credits scene gave a hint of a possible continuation of the story, but I feel it’s unlikely we’ll get to see more of these characters, and actually I’m okay with that. Ending on a high point narratively is a truly impressive feat, and I take my hat off to everyone involved the show for creating something on tv which we won’t ever see the likes of again.

Hannibal was hard to stomach at times, but a thrilling and immersive show with rich cinematography, nauseating plot lines and characters delving beyond their limits to present a show unlike any other. (Thoughts on season 3 and the show as a whole below).

Hannibal is definitely a ‘one episode at a time’ show, and it’s taken me an age to watch and even longer to review, but I’ve finally realised how powerful the performances are in the show as certain scenes have stayed with me all this time. The actors who portray Will Graham, Hannibal and BeDelia all encompass the very souls of their characters and give absolutely stunning performances all season that evoke the complexities of their three way relationship as well as the facades they present to other characters.

Hannibal is the focus of the first few episodes as we see his new life in Italy, where he tricks every new character there as well as he has done in the US. He and Bedelia make an unusually perseptive team, and exploring their fascinating with human flesh in a different location was equally gross and fascinating. Bedelia hides and exposes different parts of herself - we see less of the therapist and more of her innate curiosity into psychopathology (specifically Hannibal and Will’s). She certainly plays an complex female character with a strong presence throughout the season, which was great!

Will Graham goes on quite the journey in the final season, he goes from despising, to searching, to capturing, to admiring, to working with, to loving Hannibal across the season. Will begins the season by recovering from injuries sustained at the end of series 2, and searching for Hannibal across Europe for the first few episodes, piecing together a very introspective backstory of Hannibal and his origins in eating people. He discovers on this journey how connected he is with Hannibal and that he “has never known himself better than when he is with Lecter” - a phrase that couple sum up the all consuing relationship the two men have with each other.

It takes a few episodes for the two men to actually meet, but the mutural pining for each other and electrifyingly charged meeting at an art gallery was well worth the wait. Each man trying to determine how much had changed in their relaionship, whilst simlatenously wanting to consume and destroy each other was a real masterpiece.

Their intense focus on each other continues when Mason Verger has them transported from Italy back to the US and the pinnacle episode “Digestivo” begins. Now, I’ve watched Hannibal and become slightly immune to the cannibalism and gore but being choked by eels, a foetus growing in a pig amongst other gory elements really did make me gag and leave the room. Hannibal has always been a show about strong visuals and pushing the bounaries of human form but this season really went far out.

After the brutality and gore, the season does a 180 and introduces new characters and plot lines for the final 5 episodes. The Red Dragon was an arc that felt far more like previous Hannibal seasons - an unusual serial killer case that required Will/Hannibal’s unique perspective to solve. I felt the final 5 episodes were much better paced than the first part of the season, purely s all the main characters were in the same location and most were either recovering from the earlier events of the season, or were actively working on the case.

I enjoyed how Will was more of a FBI profiler and thinking more clearly than he has down for a long time whilst working on the Red Dragon case. Seeing Will retreat from Hannibal’s influence and turn their relationship around so he is more in control was an interesting change in dynamic and certainly gave the scenes where Will and Hannibal were together a different ambience. Alana comes more into play in the latter half of the season - she and Frederick (how is he still alive?!) do a compelling job at trying to get one step ahead of Hannibal (and to some extent Will) but ultimately are no match for the key players of Hannibal and Will - they dance round each other and play each other so well, it was hard at times to work out who knew what and who was helping whom.

By the end of the season, it is clear that neither Hannibal or Will can live without each other. Their co-dependency is completed by the joint murdering of The Red Dragon, in an exemplary two vs one fight scene next to a dark cliff face with the sea swirling below. The tender moments shared between the two men just after the fight, before the fall to be engulfed by the sea, was heartbreaking and deeply moving. For all their dark, twisted and perseptive minds, these two characters have a passionate connection that held each other up, and allowed them to truly be themselves. Their final harmonius act of falling into the sea was a poetic masterpiece, even if it left the series with little closure as to their fates and that of many other characters.

Although the storyline of the season was jarring and confusing at times, the characters were strong and true to their individual natures. By only allowing glimpses of the outside world, Hannibal is a show that is suspended in it’s own mythology and desires of its main characters - which gives the audience a greater sense of immersion and does get you thinking deeply about many of the horrors showcased, almost treating them as ‘normal’.

Once again, I cannot fault the music, ambience or cinematography of the show. Everything flows together effortlessly to highlight the inky darkness, shades of grey and few light specks in the narrative as well as create an emotive atmosphere where characters shield and twist their true intentions from each other. The musical interludes injected horror, thriller and heightened emotion in every scene and perfectly accompanied the acting of each character, to convey additional depth to their actions.

Overall, I did enjoy watching the conclusion to the show, and I was pleased that the main theme of the entire season was on the ups and downs of Hannibal and Will’s intense relationship. These characters are so well written and acted, I still get shivers every time I see Mads Mikkelsen! The Red Dragon arc gave us a glimpse at how Hannibal could have gone down the Silence of the Lambs route, with Hannibal in prison but still controlling everything he could. The after credits scene gave a hint of a possible continuation of the story, but I feel it’s unlikely we’ll get to see more of these characters, and actually I’m okay with that. Ending on a high point narratively is a truly impressive feat, and I take my hat off to everyone involved the show for creating something on tv which we won’t ever see the likes of again.

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Nov 18, 2016 10:50AM EST
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This is more than a TV show, it is a work of art. The cinematography is amazing, it is filmed beautifully and every image is a well-thought-out picture. The dialogues are deep and full of subtle meaning, as the characters mostly try to understand each other’s way of thinking or try to manipulate one another.
Throughout the series Hannibal and Will get to know and understand each other and as a viewer you get to experience the same thought processes, as empathy is a major theme in the show.
The images with dead people are so horrific but gorgeous at the same time that you find yourself mesmerized by the beauty of death. Also, the series finale is in my opinion one of the best ever. It is truly an amazing show.

This is more than a TV show, it is a work of art. The cinematography is amazing, it is filmed beautifully and every image is a well-thought-out picture. The dialogues are deep and full of subtle meaning, as the characters mostly try to understand each other’s way of thinking or try to manipulate one another.
Throughout the series Hannibal and Will get to know and understand each other and as a viewer you get to experience the same thought processes, as empathy is a major theme in the show.
The images with dead people are so horrific but gorgeous at the same time that you find yourself mesmerized by the beauty of death. Also, the series finale is in my opinion one of the best ever. It is truly an amazing show.

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One of the most haunting, frightful and cinematographically beautiful series I have seen in a long time. The series serves as a prelude to the Hannibal films, starring Hugh Dancy as the gifted criminal investigator Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as the brilliant Lecter.

Whilst trying to solve crimes with Lecter at his side, Graham is steered into an psychological turmoil as he tries to get into the killer's mind. Lecter continuously seems to escape as a suspect, but is found out later by Graham. The series picks up bits and pieces from the storyline of Red Dragon, but introduces new character as wells, like Bedelia du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), Lecter's psychotherapist . Deserving of a revival!

One of the most haunting, frightful and cinematographically beautiful series I have seen in a long time. The series serves as a prelude to the Hannibal films, starring Hugh Dancy as the gifted criminal investigator Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as the brilliant Lecter.

Whilst trying to solve crimes with Lecter at his side, Graham is steered into an psychological turmoil as he tries to get into the killer's mind. Lecter continuously seems to escape as a suspect, but is found out later by Graham. The series picks up bits and pieces from the storyline of Red Dragon, but introduces new character as wells, like Bedelia du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), Lecter's psychotherapist . Deserving of a revival!

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Just finished the last episode of the series. This will always be one of my favorite shows. It was wonderfully written, beautifully acted, and visually pleasing. This was a great horror/psychological thriller type of show. I would highly recommend it, if you've never watched it.

Just finished the last episode of the series. This will always be one of my favorite shows. It was wonderfully written, beautifully acted, and visually pleasing. This was a great horror/psychological thriller type of show. I would highly recommend it, if you've never watched it.

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Hannibal is a surprising show that is well shot and also pays attention to a lot of details. watching it takes the viewer through a dream sequence where it connects important points as the seasons progress. the crime scenes are elaborate and i have to say that viewer discretion is advised - absolutely correct. Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a smart man, who is classy and i love his suits, his accent and the evil glint in his eyes. his cannibalism, is shown very well with the delicious food that he prepares. Food is a big part of the show with a wide array of dishes that are prepared, the process of preparing them is wonderful. another nice point i noted is that season 1 has french food dishes as the episode names, season 2 has japanese cuisine names as the episode names and the final season 3 has italian dishes. plus a huge shout to gillian anderson that is stunning and her appearance started of as subtle and have become more prominent. there are times in the show when it is a very slow buildup, so if you are into shows that are more about the drama, this is for you. i dont know why season 3 was the last, but it is what it is and i have yet to watch it, some people were saying that it has all fallen apart however, once i see it will be the judge of that.
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Hannibal is a surprising show that is well shot and also pays attention to a lot of details. watching it takes the viewer through a dream sequence where it connects important points as the seasons progress. the crime scenes are elaborate and i have to say that viewer discretion is advised - absolutely correct. Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a smart man, who is classy and i love his suits, his accent and the evil glint in his eyes. his cannibalism, is shown very well with the delicious food that he prepares. Food is a big part of the show with a wide array of dishes that are prepared, the process of preparing them is wonderful. another nice point i noted is that season 1 has french food dishes as the episode names, season 2 has japanese cuisine names as the episode names and the final season 3 has italian dishes. plus a huge shout to gillian anderson that is stunning and her appearance started of as subtle and have become more prominent. there are times in the show when it is a very slow buildup, so if you are into shows that are more about the drama, this is for you. i dont know why season 3 was the last, but it is what it is and i have yet to watch it, some people were saying that it has all fallen apart however, once i see it will be the judge of that.
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Probably the weirdest thing on network TV right now. It is beautifully shot and well acted, and I'm very saddened by the recent cancellation. Let's hope it can find a second life on a streaming platform. When you see how far it can go with its limitation, less boundaries would make it even edgier.

Probably the weirdest thing on network TV right now. It is beautifully shot and well acted, and I'm very saddened by the recent cancellation. Let's hope it can find a second life on a streaming platform. When you see how far it can go with its limitation, less boundaries would make it even edgier.

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wonder if they can top themselves.

wonder if they can top themselves.