Well, bugger me cross-ways.
I think my mouth hung open all through watching this trailer. I am creeped out. And aroused. And hooked.
Armitage is really pushing the boat out in this role. I had not thought it possible after his masterful portrayal of Thorin’s madness, but boy, is he upping the game with this. Hannibal has not really grabbed me by the guts – until now. But wow, 5 minutes of Dolarhyde and I am smoking one
post-coital cigarette after another while I am trying to process what I have seen. No, this is not just about the obvious reference to body, titillation, arousal, masturbation, sexual fulfillment in the trailer. It is about how he embodies the creepiness of the character in a single glint of his eyes, the slurred speech, the turn of his head, the over-emphasised movements, f*ck, even the bead of sweat rolling down his back. Armitage does the madness so well, it is frightening. It is fabulous. It is stunning to the point of speechlessness.
I can’t wait to see what Armitage is doing with the character. The sneak peek is more than promising – this character is set to be deeply disturbing, playing with our emotions between sympathy for the abused man and despise of the creature he has become. I am quite clearly still writing in a rush of excitement, not having quite processed all I have seen. And I am making judgments on the basis of a trailer, not having seen the whole work. But I can say that the trailer has confirmed I will *definitely* do anything I can to see the Red Dragon episodes of Hannibal. And I can see why Armitage could not resist playing this role, despite his prior rejection of the horror genre. And the cinematography is stunning, despite the (predominant) lack of colours! The slow panning, the backlighting, the short dof – there is strategy in this, and it enhances the Red Dragon story arc in an intensely aesthetic yet unglamourized way.
It may be premature, but I already feel like congratulating Armitage on this. This looks like another tour de force to me.