“Well, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?”
For those of who don’t know the story (all 3 of you and anyone only born yesterday) Silence Of The Lambs is a psychological thriller set in the USA and revolves around an FBI member in training (Clarice Starling played by Jodie Foster) who is given an assignment to go into a high security prison/hospital and interview a serial killer called Hannibal Lecter (yeah the one in the TV series Hannibal). They hope that Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), himself a psychiatrist and having “helped” the FBI in the past (back story: TV series Hannibal) , will aid them again in catching a serial killer that has eluded the FBI so far called Buffalo Bill who is murdering and “skinning” young women.
I said above “psychological thriller”, because to me that’s what it is, although I noticed when writing this review some sites call it a “horror” (go figure). For me the “good stuff” about the film are the psychological aspects, the discourse between Starling and Lecter and how he utilises being interviewed by Starling as a means of escape.
Anthony Hopkins as Lecter is of course, simply outstanding. A great actor in most things, this is one he will no doubt be remembered for. In many ways his character is appealing. He detests the “free range rude” (I’m no fan of chavs myself!) and has impeccable manners, is cultured, sophisticated and has good taste (eating people not withstanding I guess).
Jodie Foster is also excellent and again I think she’ll be mostly remembered for this film, although it’s a shame she didn’t appear in the sequel “Hannibal” (Julianne Moore played Starling instead).
Silence Of The Lambs is of course based on the book of the same name by Thomas Harris. I myself read the book first and on the whole I’d say it was a pretty good interpretation. So basically go watch this, just get it, it’s superb.