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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|
Sorry, this movie sucks
I wanted to but couldn't!
a film so unique, intoxicating and bizarre that it not only demands another viewing, but is also forgivable as a satirical comedy where the jokes eventually take the back seat.
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
When you put Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchette and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman together, you get a superb film. The fact that it's set in beautiful Italy only adds to how good this movie about deception, love, greed and jealously really is. 10/10
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.
I have seen in the past years more than 500 movies. I just saw this movie, and I must admit that I never seen a movie like this. It affected me differently than other movies. most movies don't spend this much time in getting the viewer to know and feel connected to the characters. This movie spends an entire hour getting the viewer to know the characters before the main plot even begins.
Having said that, I've read a lot of the other reviews, and many seem to feel the characterization of Ripley in the book is superior to the film version. It sounds like the novel's Ripley was a more proactive kind of a guy: rather than waiting for things to happen to him, he went out and MADE them happen. That approach would seem to make more sense in this kind of drama. The Ripley of the film was almost inert. The only real effort he put into the story line was to learn something about jazz. Opportunistic in only the most passive of ways, he allowed events to wash over him like ocean waves and then only sprang into action when it was absolutely necessary to direct the events himself. This type of character rarely reaches significant levels of success in his chosen field, whether it's brain surgery or identity theft.I'll admit that I had my doubts about the plot from the start, right from the time Ripley "connected" with Greenleaf Senior over the Princeton jacket. I have a little experience with the "old boy" system and I find it almost impossible to believe that Ripley was able to convincingly present that he was ever at Princeton because I know the kinds of questions that always get asked when an alma mater is being discussed among fresh acquaintances.I'm one who didn't mind the length of the film, at least; it seemed to want to have a lot to say and I was fine with how long it took to try and tell it. I don't have much of an opinion on Matt Damon one way or the other, but he was nothing special here. Jude Law and Philip Seymour Hoffman turned in the best performances by far. The location shooting was beautiful.All in all, there was enough here to make me curious about reading the original novel someday, but the film itself is only average.