My love affair with Hannibal Lecter prompted me to see this movie. I am a huge fan of Anthony Hopkins so I wasn't sure how good this new movie would be. I expected it to be pretty bad, so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be enjoyable (in a dismembering, flesh-eating kind of way). The movie tells the story of Hannibal Lecter's youth, and attempts to rationalize why he became a cannibalistic killer. The sets and costumes were lovely (you can't go wrong with mid 20th century Europe), and the soundtrack was beautiful. The french actor who played the young Hannibal, Gaspard Ulliel, did a suprisingly decent job. His portrayal of the character, while not perfect, wasn't bad. You could clearly tell that Gaspard had researched the role. The plot was lively and there were enough unsavory characters to have plenty of clever murder scenes. The subplot involving the Japanese step-aunt was a bit much, as was the fact that she was a martial arts expert. Overall, I give this movie a rating of 4 because it was a captivating film with a few kinks.