The Silence of the Lambs Reviews
In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into this case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.
So as I try and watch old classics for the first time, I knew that "Silence of the Lambs" was one of those films that I knew I had to watch. We had talked about it and watched a couple of clips in my screenwriting class so I was excited to watch it. I rented it from our school library, sat down, and then fell asleep...however, I watched it fully the next morning and it was a masterpiece. Just to be clear, I fell asleep because it was 3 AM and I was tired, not because it was bad. Anyways, not only was I thoroughly satisfied, but it's definitely one of the best suspense / horror films I've ever seen.
Let's start out with the story. Although the FBI are trying to solve the case of Buffalo Bill, this really is a story about Hannibal Lecter and his relationship with Clarice. A lot of this film is driven with dialogue, very intelligent dialogue might I add. It's a really interesting story and it's approached in a bit of a unique way. Our real main antagonist is locked behind bars for the majority of the film and yet it still captures my attention so well. It never loses its focus and it knows exactly what it wants to be.
The acting was also a really strong point in this film. Normally when I've revisited older films, I haven't liked the acting, as it was a lot different with older films than it is today. However, I thought a lot of the performances were particularly strong, especially Anthony Hopkins as Lecter. He was phenomenal in this film and he definitely left his mark as the character. Even though he stole the show, Jodie Foster was fantastic as the lead protagonist. If anything, all the main performances in this film were perfect for who the characters were and I couldn't have seen anyone else in these roles.
Even today, this film definitely holds up. A lot of events and twists came as a surprise to me and that made me really happy. I'm not one to try and guess the ending, as it just ruins the experience. But if a movie is so blatantly generic, then I'll guess and they've failed. To my joy, this film was so original and it was exactly what a mystery should be. You knew the intentions of all the characters but you could never guess exactly what would happen. I think the best part of this film is that its story still lasts, even throughout the decades. I praise it for that and I can't wait to watch this film for years to come.
In the end, I don't know why I waited so long to see this film, but I absolutely enjoyed it. I recommend this to any horror, mystery, or thriller fans, or movie films in general. This will definitely be a classic for even more years.
Yes. Trash. Exactly. It's not even a good or compelling piece of fantasy. It's sorry trash which happens to take itself so fucking seriously that millions of silly people have been conned into thinking it's good. It is not good. It is bloody awful.