Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 movie directed by Jonathan Demme. Ted Tally adapted the screenplay from the bestselling novel by Thomas Harris. Tak Fujimoto (Sixth Sense) is the director of photography. Silence of the Lambs mixes elements of horror films and thrillers. Unlike some horror movies, it has a good storyline and very powerful characters. It is a thilling movie which cold hearted characters. Some parts of the movie are so memorable that they have become iconic. It’s gruesome and brilliant at the same time with dramatic tension that makes viewers stay glued to the edges of their seats.
One of the main things that makes this movie so effective is the cast. Jodie Foster plays the trainee FBI agent forced to try to connect with the cannibal Hannibal Lector, played by Anthony Hopkins. She attempts to get inside of his mind in order to try and track down the serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). All of them are perfectly cast. Jodie Foster’s cold look along with her very stern looking face makes her perfect as an FBI trainee. Anthony Hopkins’s scary looking eyes along with his soothing yet mischievous voice really enhances the character of the convicted killer Hannibal Lector. Though lesser known than Foster and Hopkins, Levine is effective as Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins his female victims.
Not only is this film entertaining to watch, its storyline is superb, the characters in the movie are well-developed and acted, and all of the elements come together so well that Silence of the Lambs had the unprecedented and unrepeated honor of becoming on only horror/thriller to win an Oscar for Best Picture. I have never been a big fan of horror movies, but in some ways this film is one because of certain scenes included. On the other hand, it is also an enthralling thriller, and that is the main reason why I like it.
The film also won a Best Director Oscar for Demme, Best Adapted Screenplay for Tally, Best Actress for Foster, and Best Actor for Hopkins. I’d like to focus here on Hopkins because his performance has become part of popular culture in lasting ways. Part of this is due to his charisma and how he looks at home on the screen. He always seems to be enjoying himself when performing, and he does an excellent role portraying Hannibal Lector in this film.
I think Hannibal Lector will always be one of the most famous and popular villains of all time. This movie enhances the image and makes the image of him very easy to remember. I think it is an exceptionally well performed movie by the three main actors. They enhance the image of all their characters, which in turn gives the viewer a more vivid image of the story .
Many people who have reviewed this movie would have similar interpretations of what this movie represents. I feel this article is a more detailed version of the points that I was making. http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D0CE0DB123EF937A25751C0A967958260