The Silence of the Lambs (1991): A Film Review


IMDB Rating: 8.6/ 10

If anyone is looking for a good psychological thriller to watch, I would certainly recommend this classic. This film has been in my ‘to-watch’ list for far too long and once I got into the film, I could understand why it was an instant success upon its release back in the early 1990’s. I was not head over heels for the film because of the special effects that were not all too impressive granted with the available technology in the movie industry at that time but I was definitely impressed with Hopkin’s performance not to mention how the screenplay was so well written for the film. Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel of the same name was certainly done justice!

What is a psychological thriller without its plot twists, its wth moments and its chilling scenes? Well you are in for a ride as this film so cleverly encapsulates all the elements needed to make a good psychological thriller as you would definitely be on the edge of your seat during the whole experience! The film grants you access to the great mind of Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. I enjoyed the psychological aspect of the film when Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) had to confide in Lecter to solve a case involving another serial killer, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill. Every time Starling went to Lecter, he would always implicitly make Starling vulnerable by picking up on her past that she so desperately wanted to hide. Not only that, Starling soon realizes that every interaction with Lecter would be a never ending psychological game as she constantly had to read between his very cryptic lines to comprehend what he actually means. This element of mystery was indeed appealing as the viewers also had the chance to interact with the film instead of mindlessly following the plotline without having to think about anything.

Any good film is a team effort and without a great cast, the film will never unleash its fullest potential. I was captivated by Hopkin’s performance! I have always known that he is one of the most versatile actor in the film industry, I just was not aware of how far his ability in portraying a wide range of characters can actually go. It was almost as if the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter was tailored for him, that was how well he played the part! The casting directors made a clever choice by choosing Foster to play the role of the young F.B.I trainee, her young physique almost radiated this sense of vulnerability when she was investigating. Her clean and fresh face screamed innocence and lack of experience which made It perfect for her role. I don’t think any other actors can outshine this dynamic duo in playing their respective roles.

The last scene of the film is one of the best ones in the whole film. Lecter’s chilling response was both ironic and frightening. When he was talking on the phone, his response to answer what he was going to do next is one of the best lines in the entire film. I hope this bit of spoiler would prompt you to see the film and discover for yourself what he said on the phone!

All in all, if you are a fan of psychological thrillers, this is definitely a must-see classic. If psychological thrillers are not your cup of tea, The Silence of the Lambs is still a good watch for a movie night!


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