Manhunter is probably my least favourite of Mann’s films, despite it being typically brilliant in style, acting and directing. I am not betraying Michael Mann in saying this – I thoroughly appreciate the usual nuance and visual complexity that is brought to this film. However, I always struggle with content that includes horrific abuse. It makes me extremely uncomfortable, which is what movies are about – shifting or at least challenging your boundaries and thinking. I can watch it, but I prefer not to dwell on it or “love it”. Nevertheless, I cannot overlook it on this blog, nor do I want to. It is again, an exceptional work of art that in my view is far more sophisticated than Silence of the Lambs, which was more Hollywood box office stuff.
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