The silence of the lambs is an amazing thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat form beginning to end. The book was adapted by Ted Tally whom won an Oscar for this brilliant work. The cast of this film is also a real important part to the success of this film. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins give two amazing performances so deserving of the Oscars they won. Their odd chemistry creates such an uneasy feeling that drives the suspense and mood of the film.
As much as I loved this movie I still do have some complaints. The pacing of the story is excellent and structured well. We are sent on visits to Hannibal who toys and plays with Clarice and the audience sending us on wild goose chases for the truth. It gives rise to the constant and steady tension. However, the main goal is to capture Buffalo Bill a new active serial killer who has recently captured a senators daughter. This part of the story loses me a little. I feel as though Buffalo Bill is a semi interesting villain and character but is outweighed so heavy by the scary Hannibal Lectar. Every time the story shifted towards Buffalo Bill I found my self uninterested even though the stakes are high and we should care about what he is doing. I feel it's very hard to write a villain when you already have such an amazing one controlling and running the show. I haven't read the book but I wonder if this was something that Ted Tally struggled with In the writing process. I wonder if at one point the story solely focused on Lectar and what happens after he escapes. I understand that Buffalo Bill is a tool used to help Hannibal escape and set up a later movie and or book ,but I can't help but feel slighted by this. At the end of the day this still and amazing film and written with a clear and clever focus, but I just wish the whole film focused on the psychological chess match of Clarice and Hannibal.