Thursday, May 26, 2011

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

There's a new serial killer on the loose and as the partially skinned corpses of women continue to wash up on the shores of local rivers the FBI is getting more and more desperate to catch the killer. They're doing everything they know to do, including interviewing killers with similar M.O.'s already in custody. But the one they want to talk to the most, Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, isn't interested in talking to them. So they send in a young, attractive FBI Academy recruit, Clarence Starling, to talk to him, because they know that she's "his type". It works and he talks to her, but only because he has something sinister in mind.

I'm sure at this point in time everybody on the planet has seen this movie and they should because it's excellent movie. Watching it again just awhile ago for the first time in years it was funny, because even though I've seen it dozens of times I still got wrapped up in the story. Sadly, I've never read the novel ( I did read "Hannibal" and loved it and hated the movie), but I think that now I'm going to. The construction of the story is brilliant and the editing is so sharp that it's hard to believe the filmmakers where able to cram so much emotion and detail and character development into less than two hours!

If you haven't seen this movie then you really should. Not only is it an excellent movie and massively influential, but it's one of the few times the Academy Awards actually got it right...mostly.  Ted Levine wasn't even nominated for his performance(!!!) and somehow TSOTL didn't win for Best Editing.  But it did sweep all of the major awards most importantly Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins who was absolutely perfect as Hannibal Lecter. So perfect, in fact, that I still think of that role every time I see him.

Part 1 - Manhunter
Part 3 - Hannibal
Part 4 - Red Dragon
Part 5 (prequel) - Hannibal Rising

Same few paragraphs over and over.