The Silence of the Lambs Reviews
Una obra maestra, envolvente historia, acertada dirección y brillantes actuaciones de Anthony Hopkins y Jodie Foster.
This isn't a typical horror movie but it manages to be very unsettling, from the body horror to the excellent culmination at the end (the final confrontation between Starling & Bill! Lecter finally being a cannibal!). The desparation in the situation, stemming from Starling's personal issues, Lecter's enigmatic insights and Starling's uncomfortable relationships with literally All The Men make for a film that never feels meandering.
I can't say I dwelled on the metaphors too much but I'm sure they'll only add to my appreciation. All in all, a worthwhile golden oldie. I have to wonder though, in the Hannibal series, where in the world did they get Graham?
It stars a stellar cast with casting including Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter who ate his victims!
Jodie Foster plays FBI investigator Clarice Starling who attempts to gain some kind of trust from Lecter in order to solve the identity of another serial killer, this one on the loose titled 'Buffalo Bill. A nice character who skins his victims!
On first sight Hopkins has modelled his interpretation of Lecter on an earlier, also chilling one. Brian Cox who played the character five years or so previously in Manhunter.
Manhunter was a great film. The Silence Of The Lambs simply electric. The budget seems higher (even though it was slightly lower) and the cast both principal and supporting excellent.
Hopkins and Foster deliver some excellent verbal interchange including Hopkins as Lecter "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti".
The hunt for Buffalo Bill forms the main backbone of the screenplay but other strands develop.
One of the best thrillers I have seen. A View shared by the award committees it seems. The film won five major Oscars including Best Picture.
The script never descends to the slasher/Saw like excesses that can sometimes envelop other films of the genre. The characters are intellectual yet some are still psychotic!
The film deserves first, second and third viewings.
Where Michael Mann's 'Manhunter' got the mystery side of the plot just right, but failed to present us with interesting characters, Jonathan Demme's 'The Silence of the Lambs' finally gives us both. Whilst the procedural surrounding Buffalo Bill is very well handled and engaging throughout, it's the characters - namely Clarice (Foster) and Hannibal (Hopkins) - that make the movie so enthralling. Both of these characters are fascinating in their own ways, and Demme makes sure to flesh them out (*pun*) as much as possible whilst still maintaining a good focus on the story at hand. Talking of Demme, his handling of this movie was fantastic. Close-ups, in particular, were used to great effect, and the first meeting between Hopkins and Foster is up there with the best in terms of tension. There is a sense, some time during the second act, that the main plot is being side-lined - which is both good and bad, as the two leads relationship is undeniably the most interesting aspect, but it was noticeable and the pacing suffered slightly as a result. Nevertheless, the two central performances and the excellent script ensure that the movie is always engaging, and with Demme at the helm, 'The Silence of the Lambs' becomes more than your average serial killer mystery.