Silence of the Lambs: Just watch it

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Before I begin my review of “Silence of the Lambs”, I feel I must address a mistake I had made in last week’s column. In my “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” review I had talked at length about Jack Nicholson’s retirement. Literally the day after the article was released, good old Jack made a press statement just in time to make me look like an uninformed hack saying that the news that he was retiring was false, and that in fact he is in perfect health to continue being in movies once the quality of movies become good again. While I agree with his statement that the quality of movies has been slipping lately, he couldn’t have picked a worse time to say it. I deeply apologize for this mistake I had made, please believe me when I say that I pride myself on the accuracy of my articles, and try my best to get every aspect of them correct.

  With that being said, let’s jump into this week’s review, another Oscar best picture winner, “The Silence of the Lambs.”

  Released in 1991 and starring Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal the cannibal Lecter, and Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill, this movie is about a young F.B.I agent (Foster) who enlists the help of the incarcerated Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) to help solve the disappearance of multiple young women at the hands of the mysterious serial killer Buffalo Bill (Levine).

  That’s where I’m going to stop. Yep. That’s literally where I’m going to stop.

Now, before everyone losses their minds, I realize that’s not a lot to go off of. Trust me when I say, although,that that’s by design. This movie after all, is a crime thriller. In my mind, the whole point of a crime thriller is to experience it yourself, and to be surprised by all the twists and turns the case makes before coming to a fantastical conclusion.

  I would be practicing bad movie ethics if I told you much more than that, let alone ruin the movie. And that quite frankly, is something I would never forgive myself for. (I, unlike Lecter, am capable of feeling overwhelming remorse for the injustice I would have committed. Ha ha.)

 What I can do for you, however, is give you some fun and interesting facts about “Silence of the Lambs” that should make you want to watch this movie immediately.

 

  1. Throughout the entire movie, Dr. Hannibal Lecter doesn’t blink once. He also repeatedly looks into the camera. This technique in film making is used to make the viewer feel like the character knows they are there. It also helps create a very unsettling mood for the viewer, and a darker tone for the movie.

  2. Martha Stewart broke up with Anthony Hopkins after seeing the movie. She claimed that she could never see him as anything other then Hannibal Lecter after it, and couldn’t stand being around him.

  3. Most of this movie was filmed here in Pittsburgh- chosen for it’s variety of landscapes and scenery. (For some of you, that may be a great reason to watch. If you’re very familiar with the Pittsburgh area, you might recognize a few filming locations.)

  4. The character of serial killer Buffalo Bill is based off of three real life murderers. Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, and Gary Heidnick. (If you’re in the mood to really be freaked out, you may want to check out what those guys did after the movie.)

  5. It won five Oscars (While I agree that the academy isn’t always right with their decisions, I think they where spot on with giving this movie so many awards. Plus, even if you don’t agree with the academy, you have to give some credit to a movie that won so many of its categories.)

  Again, I reiterate, I’m incredibly sorry I can’t give you more to go off then this. I’d say: watch the trailer, take my advice, and give it a shot. Heck, with Halloween coming up, watch it with some friends when you’re in the mood for a good, creepy movie. While everyone else is watching one of the many overdone “Paranormal Activity” movies, you will be watching a classic.

 If you’re still not convinced, I’ll leave you with this: the final scene with Buffalo Bill still haunts me to this day.

Have you seen The Silence of the Lambs? If so, leave a comment and vouch for me! Are there any other reasons to see the movie that I left out? Just don’t leave any spoilers! They will not be tolerated!