In my humble opinion, Season one is the best of this show based on the best-selling novels that spawned the lauded movie 'Silence of the Lambs'. Creator or the equally stunning Pushing Daisies Bryan Fuller brings his eye for detail to the story of Doctor Hannibal Lector; a charming Sociopath turned cannibal masquerading as a respect psychiatrist. Fuller's knack for cinematography works beautifully in this setting, instead of bright, poppy colours he fills the screen with macabre crime scenes that are just as beautiful, even if they do require a little suspension of disbelief.
There's something about how Mads Mikkelson plays Hannibal that will draw you in despite yourself, but for me the star of the show was Hugh Dancy as consultant Will Graham. Dancy brings his considerable acting talent to the fore, portraying a character who is haunted, conflicted and arguably a bit of a sociopath himself.
For fans of the books, this adaptation changes plenty as TV is wont to do, but most of it works well. Will Graham becomes a less simple man and one who is easily more intrigued by Hannibal than expected. The cast also gets fleshed out with some new female characters, including a genderbent Freddie Lounds, who for me was actually preferable to the slick, greasy Lounds of the book. Just stop watching before the Second Season as in my opinion it goes downhill a lot.
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