Imo and James’ retrospective-review feast finally ends with the ‘Hannibal Lecter’ franchises unexpected hors d’oeuvre: ‘Hannibal Rising’ (2007).

For one of our critics, it’s the first time they’ve digested the rotten meal since the film’s release. For the other, it’s their first time having a bite at the last of the movies.

Through their parallel hangovers (which explains the voice quality!), the critics collect the bill and sum up their thoughts on the entire franchise.

They discover:

…how the all of the post-World War II trauma bears down on Hannibal’s young shoulders…

…when Dominic West’s Detective ‘Mc-Popil’ takes his turn to give a fuck when he shouldn’t as he tracks down Hannibal the Cannibal ™ …

…and with no Anthony Hopkins in sight, how Gaspard Ulliel’s junior cannibal goes from disturbed knee biter to kitschy executioner in 30 minutes flat.

This is the final part of the four part series that will explore the characters and depiction of ‘evil’ in the Hannibal ‘Quadrilogy’: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991), ‘Hannibal’ (2001), ‘Red Dragon’ (2002) and ‘Hannibal Rising’ (2007).

Catch up on all the courses of our ‘Hannibal Lecter’ retrospective: catch up on Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

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