sleepy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Bold film-making and acute scripting make The Silence of the Lambs a real fantastic movie that's riveting from start to end.
Stealing the show is Anthony Hopkins with his legendary portrayal of Hannibal Lecter. It's a truly amazing performance and he works alongside Jodie Foster, who is similarly excellent, to provide some electrifying dialogue focused scenes. The use of framing and general direction of these sequences are also marvellous due to clever shifting of perspective to show the power balance between the two characters.
Outside of the scenes with Hannibal, the film still manages to excel with a genuinely interesting mystery plot which culminates in a superb and massively exciting end run. It keeps you guessing and is miraculously cliche-less despite the general missing persons plot being relatively common. I found it to be surprising and the restrained direction to avoid showing some of the more violent scenes in full detail adds an extra layer of tension.
Thrilling to the max thanks to a twisted, yet razor sharp mystery plot and some truly exemplary character focused scenes. Among the very best thrillers out there.