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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never eat lamb chops again!, 7 April 2003
This review is from: The Silence Of The Lambs [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
OK, if you've never heard of Hannibal Lecter, stop reading now.
Still with me?
Thought so. This film is so famous, and still so popular, that after all the critical acclaim it has received, it hardly seems worth writing yet another review praising the acting, the direction, the story...........whatever.
I must have seen this film so many times that I'm almost word-perfect, yet somehow it still has the power to keep me glued to the screen.
Sir Anthony Hopkins as the famous cannibal has got to be among the finest pieces of acting I have ever seen. So convincing is that rasping voice, those calculated movements, and those calm descriptions of horrific and sadistic acts, that you find it almost impossible to believe there's actually a nice, 'normal' person underneath it all. (But watch the interviews, believe me, there is!)
Less calm, and much more openly psychotic, is the man who's taken to kidnapping women and skinning them. He's just plain disturbing, and he adds another fantastic performance to this heavyweight of horror films.
Jodie Foster, of course, shines as Clarice Starling, drawing the audience right into the heart of the FBI's world. (and didn't we miss her in the sequel?!?)
This is a much-loved, much-feared and oft-quoted film which has lost none of its potency or popularity in over a decade. It's incredibly influential stuff. The Japanese chap who actually became a real-life Lecter isn't in prison for his crimes, in fact, he's treated like a celebrity. Now what does that tell you about the power of a movie?
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