Sounds like an outrageous plot? It might be the case, but somehow the craziness was woven together so perfectly by director Jonathan Demme that it made sense, at least from my probing mind's point of view. I give credit to the author of the book Thomas Harris for concocting such a perverse story that enabled the scriptwriter and director to go nuts with the plot. I mean how can you not be impressed with the "man gravy" flick that seemingly came out of nowhere? The guy may be crazy but he had great aim. That scene gave the audience a glimpse of how far this movie was willing to push the boundaries of filmmaking as far as content and moral principles are concerned whenever they felt necessary.
The mental skirmishes between Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) made the movie more riveting as it gave clues for the viewers to work on along the way; solving the mystery along with the heroine as the story progressed. Foster and Hopkins were the heart and soul of this serial killer/police procedural drama. They perfectly complement each other.
Foster portrayed a smart, strong-willed young FBI recruit so effectively that you almost wanted to scold her for her innocent academic assumptions of serial killers. And Hopkins, need I say more? He made mental piracy fascinating and had the entire movie and even the audience in the palm of his hand. You know he's evil but you can't help but be entranced by his wisdom and charisma. Together, they formed an offbeat pair whose bond was only sustained by crime and their troubled past.
‘Silence of the Lambs’ is intense, methodical, witty, hypnotic and at times disconcerting--truly a film that demands a strong, open mind and a robust gut to be fully appreciated and yeah, enjoyed. It’s undoubtedly one of the best suspense thrillers ever made; a disturbingly satisfying 4.5 out of 5 stars!