Although it’s a sequel, Hannibal is a decidedly different movie than Silence of the Lambs. Less of a procedural than the earlier, Oscar-winning hit, this is instead a slasher flick with a slice of culture and a psycho killer with a bit of panache. It also has some other things that many slasher stories lack: rustic charm, incredibly stylistic directing, and a fine orchestral score (Hans Zimmer does a very creepy arrangement on a well-known aria that just makes your skin crawl).
Anthony Hopkins is back as the titular cannibalistic serial killer. FBI agent Clarice Starling, who was played by Jodie Foster in the original film, is played by Julianne Moore, who handles the role well. This Starling is more battle-hardened and tougher than the earlier iteration. Other sequels would come along, but director Ridley Scott definitely gave his own stylistic spin to this entry in the series.