By Walker Rise
The Silence of the Lambs is just one of three films in history to win the Academy Award’s Big Five. This is Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing. I truly believe that it was deserving in all these categories because this film is really great. Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter is one of the most terrifying characters ever put to film. The fact that his character has so little screen time really shows how impressive Hopkins’ performance and the writing are. Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling is focus of the film, and her performance also extremely impressive.
Clarice Starling is still in training at the FBI academy when she receives a chance to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Lecter is locked away in the Baltimore State Hospital after killing and eating several people. Lecter is incredibly intelligent and sends chills down your spine with every line of dialogue. Before Starling leaves Lecter gives her a riddle that leads her to a storage unit, where she finds a severed head. Lecter links the head to Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill is a serial killer, who has yet to be identified. We then see Buffalo Bill abduct his next victim, who happens to be a Senator’s daughter. The Buffalo Bill case becomes a national priority, and Starling and Lecter become part of the investigation. The rest of the film is incredibly thrilling, as the investigation plays out.
Lecter plays a very minor part in this film, but Hopkins’ performance is so great he steals every scene he is in. He won the Best Actor Oscar despite only having 16 minutes of screen time. Hannibal will always be one of the most memorable characters ever for me. The fact that he is neither the main protagonist nor antagonist of this film, but is what most people will immediately think when they think about this film shows how iconic this character is. Starling, who is the main protagonist of the film, is also a great character and definitely has the audience rooting for her . The American Film Institute ranked Lecter as the greatest film villain of all time, but also put Clarice Starling as the sixth greatest film hero.
I think is film is really great and would recommend it anyone despite its terrifying and thrilling moments. I can’t think of another film that has two characters as iconic as Lecter and Starling. Whenever they speak they are both trying to get something from the other, which makes all of their interactions exciting as they both try to trick the other to get what they want throughout. I have seen this film countless times and read the book, but I still enjoy it at every watch because it is so great.