The film begins with the FBI trainee Clarice Starling shes been put on the Buffalo Bill case, Buffalo Bill being a transexual serial killer that skins his victims the targets are plump females, using the skin to make himself a body suit to become a woman. This leads her to meet Dr. Hannibal Lecter whos been put in a mental institution ironically being a psychiatrist himself. Not only that he was a psychopath killing countless people feasting on them like a cannibal, the main reason they met is cause Hannibal has some crucial information on the Buffalo Bill. This was almost to no avail even if the doctor had a particular liking to clarice he made her think to find the response. Giving her mind bending clues that could easily be found but not easily deciphered. Things get heated as the senators daughter gets taken by Buffalo Bill the clock was ticking for Clarice and the senators daughter till Dr. Lecter gives Clarice just the information she needed at their final meeting. Giving him a chance to escape causing Clarice to be the hero and save the senators daughter killing Buffalo Bill this act automatically got her into the FBI but, the celebration is short lived when she gets a call from Hannibal the show has just begun.
This film is presented as a psychological thriller with deep embedded meaning that most people look over. Even the title should provide question for the viewer each element of the movie is key in the message the the movie portrays. This movie deserves the rewards it has received being the third film to win the Big five: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay. Each of the actors performances being extraordinary, Jodie Foster as (Clarice Starling) and Anthony Hopkins as (Hannibal Lecter), The audience that this film is directed to is mature adults with a rating of R especially cause of the explicit scenes and thinking processes and strong language.
The question that the film gives is as said by hannibal Lecter himself
“Do you think if you saved Catherine, you could make them stop…? Do you think, if Catherine lives, you won’t wake up in the dark, ever again, to the screaming of the lambs? Do you…?”- Hannibal Lecter (catherine is the senators daughter)
Referencing Clarice’s childhood experience of waking up hearing the screams of the lambs being slaughtered every night the screams taunting her till one night she ran away taking one lamb with her trying to save it but to avail she was too weak thinking if she at least saves one that she would stop awaking to the screams of the innocent lambs…..so the question is will she ever hear the silence of the lambs? if she saves that one innocent life will the screams stop.
Most of the Characters were dynamic in their own way such as Clarice being the center of everything the solution and the problem revolved around her Hannibal simple being a sideshow, Buffalo Bill being the flint that made the spark that started it all. There were some round as well as flat characters that had a short appearance in the film such as the storage keeper and the doctors that preformed an autopsy on the first victim but she was the last to be found.
Clarice suffers two main conflicts in this film Character Vs Self as well as Character Vs the unknown. Vs Self is show by her own mental trauma and limitations from the death of her father, to waking up to the screaming of the lambs. Even without understanding her intentions and results of saving Catherine as questioned by Dr. Lecter. Vs Unknown is shown by the Buffalo Bill Case she doesn’t know who Buffalo bill is or even what he is mainly up against following Hannibal’s mind games leaving herself open.
The Blake Snyder genre that fits this film is the Incomplete Hero this is shown by Clarice and Hannibal. Clarice not having the strength or even the information she needs to find Buffalo Bill, but Hannibal is what makes her protagonist persona complete giving her just what she needs to solve the case even if she has to work for it opening herself up to him relying him even giving him the case file but, of course this seems unlikely since she is getting help from a PSYCHOPATH! it’s debatable whether Hannibal is the actually a full antagonist but, as seen in the last scene it’s probable that he is.
This film will later have a second movie continuing the story called Hannibal as well as a Tv show adaptation by the same name but, the original still overrides any other adaptation in my personal opinion it’s all A’s having the best portrayal of the characters as well as the brain churning plot and it unfolds little by little and even then there are still questions that were left unanswered or so we think….