The Silence of the Lambs

The Top 63 Marathon, part 40

Title: The Silence of the Lambs
Year: 1991
Length: 118 minutes
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Ted Tally, based on the novel by Thomas Harris
Starring: Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine, Brooke Smith, Anthony Heald
Music: Howard Shore (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Foster) and Best Actor (Hopkins); Oscar nominations for Best Editing and Best Sound; currently #26 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: an FBI cadet interviews an incarcerated serial killer, hoping to catch a different serial killer
How I saw it: on video many times, most recently yesterday (rented from Netflix)
Concept: Good.
Story: Good.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.  Some extremely cliched cop drama lines, but the good bits are enough to make up for it.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Good. A lot of it kind of looks like crap, but there are some very effective tricks.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great. A bit over-rated, but still great.
Music: Indifferent.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). Proof that people who make horror movies about ghosts and zombies have no idea what is actually scary.
Objective Rating: 3.4/4 (Very good).


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