The Silence of the Lambs

Best Film of 1991 2015?

Again, I was spoilt for choice for films this week. I had watched PlatoonTaxi DriverFocus and All About Eve. I did Focus on Wednesday, leaving me with these three critically-acclaimed films. Yet I was not satisfied.

I didn’t feel like reviewing them. All were amazing films in their own right, but something held me back. I was literally about to review the first two episodes of The Walking Dead, but then I stopped.

Maybe it was Jodie Foster from Taxi Driver that did it, maybe it was because it was the act of splattering a blanket with red paint for blood for my practical assessment for drama… who knows why I chose The Silence of the Lambs, but let’s get going:

LET’S GET THE PLOT DONE

Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is training to be an FBI agent. She gets roped into finding a serial killer called “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine), who is killing female victims by skinning them. Great! To find him, she is asked to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, in the hopes of finding the leads to capture Bill, and save the life of his most recent victim.

There’s no need to beat around the bush. This film is just great. It is “a great”. I mean, being one of the three films to win all of the “Big Five Academy Awards” (the other two being It Happened One Night (1934) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)), so you can’t really complain. Although, if you look at the rotten reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, you might find some “going-against-the-flow” reviews. I’m all up for expressing one’s opinion, but go to them for a good laugh.

Despite knowing the general gist of the plot (I knew of Lecter and the final confrontation and the ending), I was still glued to my seat, hands gripped like iron onto the arm-rest. THe film goes at a leisurely pace to give everything it’s chance of screen-time, yet the cinematography and characters kept me engaged. No, more than engaged: mezmorised.

Jodie Foster surprised me in her role. I thought the main man would steal the show, but she was a really interesting character. A dark back-story (of which I didn’t know beforehand) and realistically reacting in each situation, she was an absolute star. And then Anthony Hopkins comes in, and there is no leaving the screen until this film was finished. The intensity, the power, the sheer weight he carried, despite his ageing and medium-build appearance (save those striking eyes) was magical.

I mean, what else can I say?

SO I GUESS IN CONCLUSION…

It’s probably best to explain my title. In 2014, I started to make a “Best 2014 Films List”. I haven’t really found a way to suitably publish it, but I thought on what was the best film I had seen that year. The answer was the Kill Bill series, because Quentin Tarantino is just the greatest director ever (I stand firm to that statement). However, my best film this year that I have seen so far is Silence of the Lambs, and I don’t think anything will budge the masterpiece.

…until I see Pulp Fiction. What? There are just some films that I just haven’t seen yet… which I should have done a long time ago…

Vinci

(A quote? Seriously? Just watch the film. The whole thing is a damn quote.)

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