2 Hannibal Taking The Rise.farnzy | 18/06/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Any film that kills off a child's parents by having a Stuka crash into a T34 tank should be awarded an Oscar on the spot. When that child is one Hannibal Lector you know that any shred of dignity this franchise had left has been well and truly forfeited.Lector's backstory reads like a Marvel comic without the subtlety. We are led to believe he grew up in a castle in Lithuania like a poor version of Doctor Doom, saw his parents die in that ridiculous manner, winessed that idiot from Notting Hill eat his sister, escape the Eastern Bloc in 5 minutes flat, and train with a Japanese female warrior along the lines of Electra Assassin. Did anyone else see how preposterous this is and more to the point; why didn't they tell Harris how far removed this supervillain was from Manhunter or The Silence of the Lambs?The writing was really on the wall in Hannibal. We were expected to believe that Lector was supernatural almost. It was as if he was now a Dracula figure prowling around in his black cloak looking to give people a quick nip on the neck. To be honest Harris must be questioned as a writer from the off as naming your villain Hannibal so it rhymes with Cannibal is juvenille in anyones book.Still the movie has a kind of high-camp running throughout as our murderer takes on the trappings of his infamous serial killer persona-reminiscent of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. What next for Hannibal? Hannibal versus X-Men? A team up with The Hulk? Or how about Hollywood leaves this character alone? Now that is unbelievable.