Although we read with our minds, the seat of artistic delight is between the shoulder blades. That little shiver behind is quite certainly the highest form of emotion that humanity has attained when evolving pure art and pure science. Let us worship the spine and its tingle.
peremadeleine asked: Anybody who complains that Tony's Hannibal is too hammy has obviously not read the books, or not closely enough. I mean, we're talking about the man who makes origami chickens that peck out of forms he doesn't deign to fill out and who makes jokes like "I'm having an old friend for dinner." Hammy as shit, folks. Love it or leave it.
Lest we forget book!lecter’s amazing ‘he wants a vest with tits on it’ and ‘do you think I called a decorator?’. I see where both actors get their interpretations and I find it super interesting to compare and see where they went with them. I enjoy them both but I prefer Hopkins on the basis of his theatricality.
For me, his ‘hamminess’ is what makes Hopkins more terrifying. As he is so flamboyant it almost makes me dissociate him from the crimes that he commits, makes me underestimate him. It’s like I think 'Oh he can't do that. He's almost so silly and slimey he wouldn't have it in him' so when he does eventually attack the guards it leaves a greater impact on me. It almost takes you by surprise as it does when you see these famous serial killers. Before I think he’s all talk and no bite so when he does i’m literally gasping at the screen thinking ‘oh shit oh shit’. He’s so silly at first you warm up to him and so when he’s talking in the same tones with these cutting remarks you can almost feel that backlash. That you’re taken down a peg. It takes you back to earth because he’s not silly because he’s slimey it’s because he looks down upon you and doesn’t think your worth to be serious with. And it takes you back.
Earlier in the year a report likened him to a house cat. I disagree entirely. He’s a hyena. He’s petite and odd but he lurks in the shadows and will laugh and giggle at your demise, at the bloodlust. He will only smirk and be gleeful at the death in front of him.. He is someone you don’t realise their full strength until they’re breathing down your neck and it’s just too late. He doesn’t care nor does he hold back. He’s the monster the others warn you about.
And not to mention this simply amazing monologue that didn’t make it into the final cut. This scene gives me the utmost chills everytime I watch it.
I just have a lot of Hopkins feels yah know but I understand not everyone is going to feel the same