Now I am in my early twenties and The Silence of the Lambs still entertains me. The film brought the serial killer to the mainstream. Director Jonathan Demme had for the most part only worked in the comedy genre. Demme’s niche from comedy even surfaces in The Silence of the Lambs (whether it was intentional or not). The cinematic crafting of the film demonstrates Demme’s knack for detail and perfection. I generally don’t like films that are too contrived (as for the most part they are soulless). The Silence of the Lambs is a notable exception.
The Silence of the lambs is no doubt a feminist film. I often loathe estrogen driven films. They are generally poor films that hide their sloppiness behind a “good” and “empowering” message. The Silence of the Lambs shows the strength of a female (played by Jodie Foster) through her progressive drive, intellect, and powerful self-reliance. There is no preachy message to “enlighten” misogynist souls.
Anthony Hopkins is superb as Hannibal Lector of course. He is quite the loveable guy with a type of charisma that can't be bought at an evangelical church. I wouldn’t mind having dinner with Hannibal as long as I get to cook. We could dine over a discussion of other man eaters such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ed Gein, and the more recent Armin Meiwes.
The Silence of the Lambs is Jonathan Demme’s greatest achievement. I also have to say the same about Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Although it’s not Jörg Buttgereit’s Schramm, it holds it's place in serial killer cinema history. Being the only horror film to win the Academy award for best picture, The Silence of the Lambs has somewhat subverted the mainstream. Much props to hack Jonathan Demme.