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Posted on 7/20/11 10:34 AM
Now, I'm really scared of cannibals. Silence of the Lambs is a very scary, well thought out, magnificent film. It has great acting and good character development. It's writing is pitch perfect and the directing is very good. Silence isn't really a horror, it's more of a smart thriller. And that's how every "horror" should be like.
FBI agent Clarice Starling is working on an assigned case during her training years. She is appointed to work with the Buffalo Bill case. Buffalo Bill is a homicide murderer who skins his victims after he kills them. To get to the murderer, Clarice has to confront a man named Hannibal Lector. Hannibal, as ironic as it is, is a homicide murderer who eats his victims. I know,Coincidence right? So, with clues and some deals with Hannibal the Cannibal, Clarice has to set out to investigate and find Buffalo Bill before his next strike. Get ready for one really scary movie.
You can't have a horror movie without gore, sex, and a lot of cursing right? Wrong. Silence of the Lambs doesn't even have most of that stuff. All it has is suspense and some really good acting that makes up for all the normal horror movie stuff. Director Jonathan Demme and writer Ted Tally do a magnificent job of mixing in suspense and phsycological mayhem which creates a horror film. With horrible yet emersing screenplay that gives the characters a creepy feel with their dialogue, Ted gives the movie a scary push. Jonathan Demme takes the words and makes them even more frightening by quiet and slow scenes. (spoiler). These scenes seem like a jump out and scare you moment, but, actually there is nothing that really happens and the temptation and wait grows even stronger in you.
The cinematography is fantastic. I loved the parts in which Hannibal and Clarice are talking to each other face to face one last time, and they are talking about the Silence of the Lambs. There are slow and steady close ups on each of the characters during that scene which makes it more scary because it seems like Hannibal isn't looking at Clarice, it seems like he's looking at you. It was that scene which won the film for Best Picture. All, thanks to the great cinematography and directing.
The acting was incredible, especially from Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins was the star of the show, he was the man who made that film so famous. His creepy, ambitious talk and horrible, soul seeing stare all made his character come to life. Without him, Silence wouldn't have been anything special. Jodie Foster did an excellent job also. Her frightening acting and bravery mixed together and made a tough, yet innocent character, exactly how Clarise should have been. Her fright and worried act made every suspense scene even more scary. The acting was the highlight of this film, unlike most Best Picture winners.
This film made me scared, frightened, worried, and freaked out. All the emotions a person should feel during a horror. But, after the film,I wanted more. I wanted more of the characters and at the ending, there was one scene where it left me confused on weather or not I should be thinking about the ending or leave satisfied. They gave you no meaning or clues at all for the ending unlike Inception, so this part made me feel dissatisfied. But I mostly enjoyed the film. Great story, great acting, and an OK ending. I didn't see the rest of the films after this because I knew they sucked and I'd lose the feel of this great movie. So, do what I did and watch only this film and end the film satisfied and enjoyed.