A vengeance that could be served better…
Hannibal gets a prequel reminiscent of the dark superhero origins stories of its time; Batman Begin, released in 2007, more precisely. It is both written as a novel and as a script by original creator Thomas Harris, who delivers a slow-paced confusing prequel. The film is shot with the highest visual and acting standards, but it is an incoherent installment in a much better franchise.
Harris thought having Hannibal be trained as a katana-wielding samurai would justify how swift he implicitly becomes. Most of his kills have been off-screen in the series, so this plot device comes out as easy, self-indulgent and unnecessary. Hannibal gets to wear his first muzzle and this is shoehorned in as well. We do get a plausible backstory about his cannibalism and his aversion to savagery.
Gaspard Ulliel delivers a Hannibal controversial because he is nothing like Anthony Hopkins. He doesn't appear smart or particularly dominant and he should already show traces of genius. He’s depicted as a low-key slasher icon in a revenge movie that isn't scary. He’s awkwardly forgiven, as a serial killer, for the actions of his future self. Hannibal Rising is a good movie in the wrong franchise.