Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Well everybody, I just did it. I finally fricking did it. I watched The Silence Of The Lambs. I first heard about it through my brother, from there I've heard things about it that i'm glad I forgot about concerning being surprised with what happens, and i've seen plenty of spoofs to it from previews to Cats and Dogs 2 and even the very recent Phineas and Ferb Disney Channel Movie. And while I wasn't as creeped out as I was with other movies like Amadeus, (Yeah that's another story for another time) It was creepy enough for me to be glad that I saved the last disc of season four of Friends and Scott Pilgrim for AFTER this movie.
Plot:Clarice Starling is pulled from training at the FBI Academy in Virginia where she is assigned to ask questions to a former psychologist,now cannibal serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. She interviews him concerning what he knows about a new serial killer named Buffalo Bill who skins the corpses of his female victims.
This was a very good interesting movie. again, I was glad that I forgot a lot about what I heard about this movie, especially about Lecter. It was very suspenseful and creative, I thought it was interesting with what was the reason for the title Silence Of The Lambs. As much as I would've personally loved Beauty and the Beast winning that year with it being Disney and the idea fo first animated Best Picture & all that, fact is fact. There is so much from the story, to the acting, and everything else that showed that Beauty and the Beast was no match for this film anymore than Shakespeare in Love was truly in any way a match for Private Ryan.
Ted Levine/Jame Gumb a.k.a. Buffalo Bill: What's to say? He was very insane. So he did a very good performance.
Jodie Foster/Clarice Starling: Excellent performance. And a very interesting character. Totally deserved that Oscar.
Anthony Hopkins/Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I've seen a fair collection of Hopkins' performances while hearing about him in this film. With his as Richard in The Lion in Winter, C.S. "Jack" Lewis in Shadowlands, Don Diego de la Vega in Mask of Zorro, William Parrish in Meet Joe Black, Hrothgar in Beowulf, and Odin in Thor. Through all of that, all I really knew that was planted right in my head was that he had a big performance in this particular film and how Lord Naseby especially find him character the most evil villain ever and the most creative character. I can see why. Hannibal Lecter IS a very creative an cruel villain only someone of complete stupidity would doubt it. I am actually almost interested in the sequels to see more about this character and Hopkins' further performance as him despite understanding that the sequels - to no surprise - aren't exactly that good. But still...yikes.
Music: very suspenseful. It worked very well.
Editing: It was very well done. I was a little curious as to what was going to happens to Starling at the end especially concerning some of the clips they gave us concerning her training in the FBI and whether or not, on or two things were going to bit her in the back in any way.
And that is my review for The Silence Of The Lambs. It's a very creative movie and I enjoyed it despite being a bit creeped and I agree with it getting best picture, actor & actress and so on. seriously.