When agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is called into the office of the man who is heading up a case following a man the FBI have named Buffalo Bill, she is quite surprised to find that her help is required in the investigation. She is sent to the prison where Dr Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is locked up to interview him and see if he can offer any insight and clues to the killer’s actions. However, he will only help Starling if she tells him details about her own tragic, complicated life – something she has been told to refrain from at all costs.
What a film The Silence Of The Lambs turned out to be! It is probably one of the best thrillers I have seen, and I am rather partial to a good thriller. It had a wicked storyline, iconic characters and built up suspense in places you would never have thought possible. The Silence Of The Lambs just had everything that meant I would have no problem in sitting and watching it again tomorrow.
Performances for this film were straight out of the top drawer. Foster as Starling was wonderful. She was a young woman in a very male-dominant environment, eager to impress her boss in a case that had haunted the FBI for a long time. It was a brilliant part for this particular type of film and Foster did a very good job. She was just exactly the sort of person you would root for in a situation such as that that unfolded in The Silence Of The Lambs – the underdog who never asked to be confronted with this set of circumstances, but just had to get on with things regardless.
Hopkins played an absolute blinder as Hannibal Lecter. He was tremendous. The slicked back hair, the hissing and that stare all made for a man that will haunt my dreams for a long time. That and the fact he was probably more intelligent than many of the FBI agents put together also meant her was incredibly dangerous, and therefore captivating to watch. For me, he is up there with Anton Chigurh as one of the most memorable villains I have seen. It was fabulous acting. Just listening to him talk made the hairs on the back of my neck stick up which generally tends to be what you want from a film psycho – something that will stick in the audience’s mind for a long time to come.
I think I mentioned at the start that I thought the story was great. The writing made for a proper crime thriller that was enthralling viewing. It was intelligent, but not so clever that you had to be taking notes to keep up, and was very well paced throughout, meaning once you started, you weren’t leaving the room for anything until it had finished.
Overall, I thought The Silence Of The Lambs was terrible. Just kidding… I actually thought it was fantastic and I will be encouraging everybody I know to watch it. It won five Oscars, including Best Picture and best acting gongs for the two well-deserving main stars. It is something that has the potential to be enjoyed by everyone thanks to its many plus points. What more could you possibly want?