Stellar performances from Jodie Foster and especially to Sir Anthony Hopkins, who both played their roles exceptionally well. The menace he brought in to the film is so sinister and I could feel it chilling in my bones. Also, don't forget to rub the lotion on the skin otherwise you get the hose!
One of the best thrillers ever made and it lost nothing of its appeal 29 years later. Fantastic performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster and a script that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A perfect combination of image, dialogue and music. A classic and a must-see.
Starling’s first passage through the dungeon-like corridor to Lecter’s prison cell and the following dialogue - perfectly captured in shots, light and dialogue - still sends shivers down my spine. Anthony Hopkins has never again been as convincing as in this demonic representation of the highly cultivated canibal. And eventually Howard Shore wrote a fine and noteworthy symphonic score for Demme's film.
Some say there is no Silence of the Lambs without Anthony Hopkins's performance, but I would argue there is no Silence of the Lambs without Jodie Foster. More than a conversation between Clarice and Hannibal, it is a dialogue between Foster and John W. Hinckley, a sane person and a psychopath both linked together. It's a shame then that such conversations are left on the side for another dark and dirty thriller.
I'd like to be wined and dined before getting fucked. What I mean to say is that this film lacks foreplay; the initial interactions are played on fast forward, leaving gaps in character development, plot buildup, suspense level, etc. At times overacted, others underacted. I'm a huge true crime junkie so I'm sad to say that the phenomenon of 'Silence of The Lambs' has passed over me.
Thriller that inspired almost any movie where the F.B.I. was involved and gave birth to the style of 1990s science fiction shows like "The X-Files". The chemistry between Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins was something unique on screen at the time and the story were an engaging nail-biter throughout. Is it allowed to love both this one and "Manhunter"? Yes, it is.
Revisiting this for the first time since my teens, I had two realizations. First, that it's not as serious-minded as I remember—in fact, in its shameless goosing, cartoonish villainy, and sexual subtext, its heart is the sort of smart B-movie prized by Roger Corman (who gets a cameo). Second, that that makes me like it just as much—if craft can convince the Academy that a cheeky thriller is prestigious, god bless.