This is like my internal dialogue every time I try to analyze the cat-and-mouse games with Hannibal in Hannibal. On the one hand, the character is technically human, and therefore should be eligible for blame for his bad acts. On the other hand, he functions like the goddamn shark in Jaws.
His purpose within the narrative is to fuck everything up and kill people, so the natural inclination when judging their actions in relation to him is to assess them as if they’re fighting a force of nature or a rabid bear.
"No, don’t accept the tornado’s invitation to dinner, what are you doing?” “Oh my god, don’t go with him! Even if he weren’t rabid, bears can’t drive cars!” “What are you doing, get away from him, he’s the personification of saying ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ in an action-comedy film!”
Which is, of course, both an accurate perception (he is the shark from Jaws) and an inaccurate perception (they have no way whatsoever to tell that) at the same time. He looks and—generally, in company—acts like a human being.
Not only that, but he tends to match his expressed level of amorality to his audience, so it’s difficult for any given character to peg him as “a terrible person” without making the same judgment of themselves. They might think he’s a bit of a slime, but he’s not any bigger a slime than they are, and their sliminess is mutually acknowledged. On the one hand, there’s the false belief in a copacetic relationship based on professional curiosity, or shared ass-covering, or intellectual sympathy. On the other hand, there’s the actual guy who will break into your fucking house and use your trainee’s severed goddamn hand to call you on the phone during his lunch break. There’s no rational way for most of the character to square their perception with their reality.
I mean, think about it. Will sounds like a delusional, self-serving wreck when he starts in about how Hannibal did this and Hannibal did that and Hannibal’s the copy-cat who’s framing him and Hannibal’s also the Chesapeake Ripper and Hannibal fed his dogs people and Hannibal thought X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a great film.
We, the audience, know that he doesn’t even know the fucking half of what Hannibal’s been pulling, and we still think he’s laying it on a little thick. To the other characters, these are the paranoid ravings of someone deeply alienated from reality. Serial killers constructing totem poles out of their victims’ corpses, spree killers lobotomizing patients to free them from their pain, cannibal hunters trying to have their cake and eat it too—these things they can understand. Somebody riffing on another killer’s work just for artistic variation and going on a rampage just to throw a dinner party? Less so.
He tells Bev Hannibal’s doing it for his own amusement and curiosity, and you can see her trying not to roll her eyes at him. Dr. Chilton doesn’t even have to listen to it in person, and he spends half his dinner with Hannibal complaining about how Will won’t shut up about him. Jack finally gives up and walks out after Will won’t stop talking about how Hannibal’s a monster. And, really, we feel their pain. It gets a little old, the way Will keeps harping on the fact that Hannibal is the monster hiding under everyone’s bed. It’s like we’re watching some rando in a monster movie try to convince everybody that the giant fire-breathing lizard stomping the shit out of their city is Godzilla.
We know that it’s going to be Hannibal materializing out of the shadows behind someone. We know that the good samaritan pulling over to help someone having car trouble is going to be Hannibal. We know the murderer gliding through the silent house is going to be Hannibal. He’s always been the monster. There’s no way to hide it from the audience, so the show hasn’t bothered trying. But it makes it very difficult to remember that the other characters are (usually) completely ignorant until it’s too late. They have no real reason to suspect that he’s essentially a fucking vampire. This is not something that fits in their world as they know it.
This is a really great elaboration on the theory @cleolinda has described as “Nobody in Dracula knows they’re in Dracula." They don’t know they’re in a monster story! They think they’re living their regular lives! THEN BOOM: VAMPIRES.
It’s Cap’s Big Game day and we brought the heat with a spot on TV…but thought you guys would like a brand new, full length trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier even more. Enjoy!
My askbox over at nottonyharrison is open for discussion about The Winter Soldier. I won’t be answering any queries here sorry, but you’re more than welcome to ask over there.
Hayley Atwell (via fyeahlilbit2point0)
A chorus of angels just began singing….
I gotta just stop for a second and read this again and have a big dopey grin on my face because, goddamn, Marvel, you are doing it RIGHT. Ten years ago, no studio would have done SHIT for Peggy Carter post-movie, but Marvel’s going, “What’s that? You liked her lots and thought she was interesting? Here, HAVE A TINY MOVIE.”
Plus, you seem to be continuing making efforts to diversify your casting by bringing in characters like Sam, and bringing back Heimdall and Rhodey (in the biggest role he’s had in an Iron Man film with 3), and you’re courting Zoe Saldana for Guardians and continue to take original character back stories that have a bit of a sexist tinge to them now (a bunch of your females were models or actresses or nurses, and Betty Ross was just the general’s daughter) and making them scientists (Sue, Betty, Jane, and Jean Gray) while still keeping some characters with their original back stories (Mary Jane is still an actress) because you seem to get that women can have ALL KINDS OF CAREERS.
You not only handed Pepper Potts Stark Enterprises, but you never, ever played the “the business is failing and Pepper is blamed” card. In fact, you have always played, “Pepper is fucking awesome at business and life card.”
You also cast Sitwell with a Latino actor without making some big thing of it (same as you cast Hemidall), and you went with Ult!Fury and Samuel L. Jackson and every time you’ve put a woman in a dangerous situation, she’s gotten to save herself in one way or another (and sometimes just straight up completely).
You all don’t always bat 1000, but you seem to be aiming for it like crazy, and I really appreciate the hell out of that.
I have no gifs to properly express this emotion.
I adored Peggy in “Captain America” — and yet I missed this too. It was already my favorite scene in the film, but now I have even more reasons for loving it.
((I think everyone misses the fact that Peggy is running towards the grenade as well, Steve just gets there first. That’s why I love Peggy, that’s why Steve loves Peggy. They’re both unselfish and brave, and that’s what makes them great and great for each other.))
I already adored her at this point, but this is the scene that cemented it. The biggest pity about the timeskip is no more Peggy, who is the absolute best.
“I didn’t grow up reading comic books. I didn’t have too much interest in them. It’s been kinda coincidental that I’ve made so many comic book films.” -Chris Evans