5 A sophisticated mealDVDjensen | 14/10/2007 | See all DVDjensen's reviews (139)***ONLY A LITTLE SPOILER***The sequel to 'Silence of the Lambs' is a strong, creepy and beautiful story of the sophisticated killer and anti-hero Hannibal Lecter. The story brings us to Florence, where the beautiful city is in perfect contrast with the evil and admirable Lecter. It is the evil within the beauty. This also comes to sight in Lecter's 'Romeo & Juliet'-like relationship with Clarice Starling. Towards the end he asks her: "Would ever say 'stop'... If you love me, you'd stop?"; the beauty within the evil.The acting is superb, though Julianne Moore sometimes struggles with Jodie Foster's unfair legacy as Clarice Starling. Moore is not as strong on screen as Foster was, but what does it matter? The story is NOT about Clarice Starling, but about Hannibal Lecter; Clarice got her story told in 'Silence of the Lambs', and with 'Hannibal' we get a story about this fascination figure Hannibal Lecter. 'The Starling Story, part II' was never the intention (or the need).Hopkins is simply great! With such calmness, stylish taste of art, and sophisticated evil, he brings more life to the character than any actor could ever do.Gary Oldman is a great choice as the vengeful Mason Verger. He does a great job, and the character is even more evil than Hannibal himself.The score done by Hans Zimmer is frightening and disturbing when it has to be. But it's also beyond beautiful; it's filled with such emotion and sensibility, which will leave you almost crying, especially during the opera sequence - Again, the beauty against the beast.My only small catch with the film is a special scene towards the end. It is so sickening and gross but completes the terrifying picturing of Hannibal the Cannibal.'Hannibal' is a beautiful horror film. It should not be watched by the ones, who expect graphic violence, blood and more blood. Sure it has it scenes, but it's not the main focus.'Hannibal' is within no doubt one of the most underrated films of all time. It has great acting, a strong story, beautiful locations, emotionally strong moments, a beautiful score and the indirectly manipulation psychological horror, which we all love the sophisticated cannibal for.