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The Talented Mr. Ripley
Tom Ripley is a charismatic sociopath who makes his way in mid-'50s New York as a rest room attendant and pianist. His skill however is in impersonating other people, forging handwriting and running second-rate scams. Unhappy with his own life, he kills and takes on the persona of somebody else.
|Studio :||Paramount Pictures, Miramax Films, Timnick Films,|
|Crew :||Art Department Assistant, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Cate Blanchett Philip Seymour Hoffman Jack Davenport Matt Damon Celia Weston|
|Genre :||Adventure Drama Thriller Crime|
One of the wrost movies I have ever seen
Disappointment for a huge fan!
Not sure how, but this is easily one of the best movies all summer. Multiple levels of funny, never takes itself seriously, super colorful, and creative.
Great movie. Not sure what people expected but I found it highly entertaining.
I'm apparently going against the grain of most of the reviews on IMDb, but I'm OK with that, I think it's good to have diverse opinions. I had watched this movie in great anticipation as all I've heard is that this is one of the best movies. I'll start with the things I liked. What I liked:All the acting is done very very well, there are for sure some great acting by some AAA actors. Matt Damon and Jude Law and other actors own their roles and are very believable. The setting was amazing as well, and very immersive. What I disliked:I didn't like the plot at all. I think the writers for the movie were confused on where they wanted to take the film. I saw the Matt Damon character eventually taking over the Jude Law's character's life, but I was disappointed with how that all happened. Granted, I haven't read the book, so I don't know the source material, so it probably follows the source material, which I'm sure I wouldn't have been a fan of either. I was wishing they would have capitalized on the abilities of copying people a little more than they did. I felt that was wasted on him trying to cover his tracks, which it turns out he wasn't very talented at. What I was kinda hoping the movie would do was the, Matt Damon's character had been studying Jude's character ever since he'd been there. The letters he was sending were actually letters to slowly take over Jude's life so by the time Jude was about to call it quits, on paper, Matt Damon was Jude Law, and Matt Damon had everything, the money, girl, house, etc. In the end Matt Damon just looked like a creepy stupid serial killer, that wasn't 'Talented' at all and will eventually get caught, because he's dumb. I hated the ending, and while I understand not every story has a happy ending, I was hoping he'd get caught and have the book thrown at him. The whole back story of why Jude's character thrown in there and the investigator giving the wink and the nod to Matt Damon to not say anything didn't work for me. I gave this film a 4 because the actors/acting is the only thing that makes this movie watchable for me. If this wasn't on point, it would have been a 1 for sure.
A small-scale imposter / con man, making the rounds in 1950s New York, gets caught up in something much greater than his usual scam and decides to let it ride, if just to see where he winds up. In this case the answer is Italy, gorgeous vestige of the old world with just a few hints of the modern one, where he's tasked with convincing a flippant trust funder to return from a perpetual, fortune-draining holiday. That mission quickly goes by the wayside, just as soon as he realizes how much easier life is in the lap of luxury, and he merely exacerbates said money-letting as the wealthy playboy's new wingman. When things take a turn for the messy, though, his welcome worn thin and nothing to show for it but bittersweet memories, a panicked string of responses sends the entire comfortable lifestyle into a tailspin. At its root, Ripley is an example of how fear and rejection can press a normally smart, affable person over the brink into monstrosity, a surprise considering the playful tone of the first act. Matt Damon, still fresh from his breakout in 1997's Good Will Hunting, shows great versatility in the leading role (essential for such a complicated character), smoothly masking that twitch in his eye from all but the viewing audience. It's one of those films where you'll feel wrong about your rooting interest, knowing all along that the guy absolutely does not deserve a happy ending, with the final moments serving as your comeuppance.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) really is one of the best crime thrillers I've ever seen. The film is set in late 1950's, it centers around Tom Ripley, a man who gets hired by Jude Law's father to go to Italy and persuade him to come back to America. When he does and gets to know him and his fiancé (Gwenyth Paltrow), things take a different turn.... The plot to this movie is very layered, and that is one of the many things that makes it great. One thing is for sure, if you like crime thrillers then you are sure to love this one. The acting is another great part about this movie. Almost all the actors were coming off of big hits when this movie came out, and every cast members great acting abilities are showcased. Matt Damon is absolutely fabulous here, it's probably the best performance I've seen him give in his career. And Paltrow's performance is very good here too... I loved her dramatic scenes, I really thought she nailed it. Jude Law and Cate Blanchett are good in their roles as well, I honesty think that Damon deserved an academy award nomination more than Law did. The writing in the movie elevates everything and really pulls it all together. Overall I 100% recommend this film this film to everyone! 10/10.
Anthony Minghella's tale of corruption and deceit feels like a movie made during the Golden Age of Hollywood. With 1950s Europe serving as the backdrop of the story, and the classical jazz soundtrack playing throughout the entirety, it is hard not to feel the nostalgia of the cinema's classical era roaming through this psychological thriller. Minghella takes from the pages of Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name to orchestrate a compelling, if somewhat flawed tale of a man consumed by corruption and deceit when the things make a horribly wrong turn. The versatile actor masked behind the titular character is Matt Damon who made a household name for himself when it starred with Robin Williams as the eponymous character in 'Good Will Hunting'. What comes about this actor's immersive talent is a performance that works like a charm. Set in the 1950s, this film stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, a Manhattan pianist who's approached by Herbert Greenleaf (played by James Rehborn) who believes Ripley is a graduate from Princeton University, seeing a Princeton badge on his tuxedo. He recruits him on a mission to Italy and finds his son Dickie (played by Jude Law), a spoiled millionaire and graduate of Princeton, and persuade him to return home to the U.S. Upon arrival, Ripley comes face-to-face with Dickie and his fiancée Marge (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) and almost immediately befriends. After a few nights of drinking and jazz concerts, his errand becomes difficult when Dickie learns of his intentions. When the things suddenly go horribly wrong, Ripley takes extreme measures to carry out the mission while avoiding the suspicion of Dickie's friend Freddie Miles (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman).This film shows clear evidence that Anthony Minghella knows how to craft a fascinating story, even when it falls victim to a lethargic pace. The film spends an almost overwhelming amount of time to establish its premise before the plot finally kicks into gear. Although the setup pays off quite well, the pacing is enough to alienate viewers who are often accustomed to more modern-esque storytelling. But when the plot finally lights its candle, that is when the story generates a wheelhouse of unexpected twists and surprises that elevates the lead character's development. The title character's disintegration of his moral compass becomes the driving force of the story, and becomes the main source of surprises as he goes to shocking measures to deceive everyone into the person he is not. It takes a special actor like Matt Damon to effectively portray the wicked and complex nature of the lead character. His chemistry with Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow works fantastically, especially with their performances serving a great support. Law gives a fantastic portrayal as the spoiled, larger-than-life millionaire who wants nothing more than to a luxurious lifestyle. Phillip Seymour and Cate Blanchett also make a charming on screen presence, nothing out of the ordinary. In the account of visual imagery, the production design of 1950s Italy is utter eye candy and serves as an absorbing backdrop of the story's historical era. The jazz music, the vintage interior design of the Italian households both serve the film is sweet visual treat.The Talented Mr. Ripley is a fine piece of work conducted by Anthony Minghella with a performance by Matt Damon that shines with passion, and a beautifully executed story that tackles on the complexities of its startling eponymous character. Minghella's take on this dark, but fascinating story does not come out its flaws nor does it break the boundaries of any cinematic element, it is finely crafted piece of work that can some can somewhat admire.