Herba has done another batch of challenge questions, and so I am taking my cue off her today and move on to question 9.
9.Which show did you think you wouldn’t like but did?
Super easy answer: Hannibal. I had massive reservations about that show. But then, this happened:
Haha, ok no. It wasn’t the tattoo that did it.
Nor the tighty briefs – although I do think they deserve an honourable mention in this context.
Ok, stop it, Guylty.
It wasn’t about the amount of skin on show. It was all about the way Richard was able to make me take an interest in that abominable serial killer Dolarhyde. He was helped by the fact that the book already gives a lot of background on Dolarhyde, and I had read it in advance and found Francis a three-dimensional character rather than just the faceless evil of the show. Richard worked very closely along those lines and gave Francis an underlying humanity that shone through the veneer of the brutal killer just enough to make redemption possible. And both in physicality and in speech he crafted the character so masterfully – I actually think Dolarhyde is one of Richard’s finest performances.
I totally admit that I had to fast-forward some parts of the show because I just couldn’t stomach the blood and some of the darker dealings between characters, but I actually appreciated the aesthetics of Hannibal and the care the producers took with cinematography and direction. In general, I think this is one of the most underrated shows on television – no doubt because it is so clearly niche that it was not seen by enough people to make it an overall hit.
OK, and another thing in favour of Hannibal: The fannibals. Will never stop liking them.