“Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.”
— Jack Crawford
As a film student I was exposed to many movies that were considered essential to my education. Unfortunately, I'm still far behind on what's most people call the best of the best so I intend to challenge myself to watch movies that I definitely should have seen, having been a film student.
I started with The Silence of the Lambs. It makes sense: Hannibal hasn't been this popular since '91, and he's back in our cultural zeitgeist. As enjoyable as the new show is, I figured it was high time I gave the original version a go-round.
Most films that people consider 'classic' are quite dated when you finally end up watching them. Yes, you can see the validity in that qualification but there's always a part of you that feels distanced from it.
Not the case with this film.
Yes, there were some dated parts (the cops being the main offenders), but this film grabbed me from the get-go and didn't let me go until long after it was over.
Brilliant acting and an excellent screenplay, Silence of the Lambs hits all the right notes for a psychological thriller, staying with you looooong after the credits roll.
Here are some things that I loved about this movie:
The protagonist is a woman. And she and her colleague pass the Bechdel test together. Repeatedly.
The pacing was great, I was never bored.
Hannibal Lecter's insane intelligence. He's a refined serial killer, something about that concept is so moving.
The incredibly creepy "Goodbye Horses" scene. Though it was re-created in Clerks II (in a scene that had me rolling on the floor laughing), seeing the original version just gave me chills.
There's really not much about this movie that I can hold against it. Immediately engaging, not afraid of uncomfortable subjects, grasps me and holds me tight until it's all encompassing; this movie deserves all the accolades it received at the time, and deserves to be re-created in a spectacular creepy show.
inal Tally: Though the film suffers only from being made so long ago, it has maintained it's classicness and reliability through time.
I give this film 4/5 stars.