"The Silence Of The Lambs makes Oscar Rejoice and Me Cringe"
In this Story we meet Clarice Starling [Jodie Foster] who is aspiring to be an FBI Agent. She is currently in training when gets called by FBI honcho Jack Crawford [Scott Glenn] to go and interview Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lector [Anthony Hopkins]. Soon enough Clarice finds herself embroiled in the case of serial killer Buffalo Bill [Ted Levine] who likes to skin his victims. Hannibal has knowledge of who Bill is, but doesn’t want to divulge that information easily.What ends up happening is a kind of cat and mouse game between Hannibal and Clarice. This movie is all about Clarice and the many relationships she has formed through her life. First, her relationship with her father or the lack of, he died when she was very young. Second, her relationship with Jack Crawford – former instructor and current boss. Does he or does he not harbor romantic tendencies towards her. Third and finally Clarice and Hannibal’s relationship. Their dance of getting to know one another, it is a tantalizing tango of wits and psychological warfare. How much should Clarice reveal to Hannibal and how much should she trust him. In the end he does gain entry into Clarice’s mind and analyzes her to the core, but not without giving her what she wants, the key to finding Buffalo Bill.
First off, let me say this movie is very unrealistic in some aspects. Ok, let’s send a trainee to interview one of the best psychological serial killers ever. Then let’s get her to do field work and not give her a partner or any backup. H – E – L – L – O –– reality check anyone.
Don’t get me wrong, I like this movie; it makes you think. Enough creepiness to fulfill any thriller movie junkie and enough gory glaring details to satisfy the slasher genre. Upon a second viewing I don’t remember it being so raw and real, it made my stomach do flip-flops a couple of times. I did however thoroughly enjoy seeing Anthony Heald as Dr. Frederick Chilton; he portrays Scott Guber on “Boston Public” as well as the brief cameo of Chris Isaak. See if you can spot him, here’s a hint – don’t blink.Furthermore I appreciate all the Pittsburgh locations in the movie. It’s always a treat seeing things in movies near my hometown. So all in all this Oscar winning movie gets my vote for being entertaining but just not realistic. So go get yourself some fava beans and a nice bottle of Chianti and have an old friend over for dinner and a movie.