|The Talented Mr. Ripley (DVD 2000 WS) Matt Damon Jude Law Gwyneth Paltrow|
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If anybody can create sympathy for the devil, the angelic Matt Damon can.
As the title character of “The Talented Mr. Ripley,'' he plays an ingratiating sociopath who works his way through the American upper crust at play in Italy, leaving behind a bloody but elusive trail. The mystery is not who did it, but whether he will get caught. This thriller is so expertly -- and perversely -- poised that I found myself secretly rooting for the duplicitous Ripley.
The talent is by no means limited to Mr. Ripley. Damon is matched in every slippery turn by a right-on-the-money cast that includes Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Director Anthony Minghella exposes the dirty little secret of American democracy: the impenetrable barrier the upper class erects around itself. So the question becomes, is it better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody? Minghella gives it so many seductive twists across the map of Italy that the upwardly mobile among us, if they're honest with themselves, will opt for the fake.
Tom Ripley is poor and has no intention of staying that way.
In Damon's uncanny, amazing performance, people think Ripley's “an exceptional young man,'' and there's no doubt of that. He is first seen accompanying a classical singer at the piano, but next he's brushing down gentlemen's clothes for tips.
No one has to show him the money. He has an extraordinary nose for sniffing out the rich, even when they are trying to play down their status by traveling under their mother's name so no one will recognize them.
The chameleon Ripley takes on the attributes, accents and expressions of the rich in an -- instant. He can do imitations of someone moments after meeting him -- or her. His own look is nondescript, a '50s version of a preoccupied nerd, dorky eyeglasses, downturned smile and all. If things go against him, he can turn on a dime. His other talents: forging signatures and telling bald- faced lies without batting an eyelash. He has a remarkable capacity to shrug off setbacks and just keep moving.
A wealthy shipbuilder named Greenleaf puts down his guard and takes Ripley for someone he can trust. He dispatches Tom to Italy to persuade his ne'er-do-well son, Dickie, to come home.
As the supercilious Dickie, the tawny Law catches exactly his character's curious balance of attraction and repulsion. The thoroughgoing expatriate at leisure, he indulges his love for boating and jazz at lively waterfront joints.
Paltrow is Dickie's blue-blood girlfriend, Marge, coolly perceptive but not enough so to see that he's two-timing her. It takes her a while to catch on to Ripley, too.
Hoffman plays the loathsome Freddie, a fellow expat. Someone describes him as ``the cream of America -- rich and thick.'' In Hoffman's performance, Freddie is so repellent that it wouldn't be surprising if some of his so-called friends would be happy to see him dead.
Ripley must be a good chess player, too, because he sees many moves ahead and lets social butterfly Meredith Logue (Blanchett) mistake him for Dickie. The impersonation will come in useful later -- until it all backfires.
I’ve watched the film more than 20 times and, each time, I am entertained all over again by the terrific performances, the wonderful scenery and the thrilling tale it tells.
This is actually the third copy of the DVD I've bought after loaning one and losing another.
Pros: Jude Law's stellar performance, Gwyneth Paltrow, and an all-star cast.
Cons: Jude Law's character dies halfway through the movie
After finishing this movie, it will be clear that the director thought this was a Matt Damon vehicle, a showcase of his "range". I heartily disagree. Damon seems uneasy in this hefty role, and doesn't come across menacing enough to make the Ripley believable. (John Malkovich reprises the Ripley role in "Ripley's Game 2002 and does a much better job). However, Damon isn't bad in this role, and the fantastic all-star supporting cast carries this film from beginning to... about halfway. We audience grows to admire and even sympathize with Dickie Greenleaf (a narcicistic playboy I guess we were supposed to hate), and the film's early fault is that Greenleaf is Ripley's first victim. With Dickie out of the picture, I was left slightly saddened, and the movie clearly lost most of the punch and suspense it had during the first half.
While a few things went wrong here, it's important to point out what went right. The costumes and score capture the essence of the 1950's quite well, and I was blown away by how realistic everything looked, right down to the old and beautiful Italian lira (used prior to Italy's transition to the Euro). Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and James Rephorn round out the star-studded supporting cast. Everyone (short of Damon) is quite believable in their roles, and the story trods along quite well during the first hour of the movie. It's the second act where things begin to unravel, but the story never quite completely loses itself, so by the end of the film you're left quite pleased you made the investment. It's only in retrostpect that I write this review and add in the negative commentary. Losing myself for 2+ hours on a rainy Saturday with a bag of popcorn to this movie was enjoyable, and I give it 4 stars.
The Talented Mr. Ripley will cause you to want to be part of that movie. Great actors and actresses Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip-Seymour Hoffman, will put you to the edge of your seat in this thriller and drama about an underachiever New Yorker sent to Italy to retrieve a play boy millionaire by his wealthy father. But when plans fail, Mr. Ripley has to kill him in order to keep the good life he never had. Its better to be a fake somebody, than a real nobody.
This is a great film which I loved from the first time I saw it in the theater. It is definitely Jude Law's best role as Dicky Greenleaf. Very convincing! Matt Damon is also quite good as Ripley and Gwenyth Paltrow as Dickie's girlfriend. The photography in this movie is gorgeous. It is a travel logue of Italy and is just beautiful. This is a very good psychological/character study drama. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett are also very good, as they usually are. This is a very well done film with a great cast and great story. Highly recommended.
In this suspensful thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tom has everything going for him and quite intelligent. Needing attention and funds, he kills Dickie and assumes his identity. Dickie's father is a shipping Tycoon. During this movie you will see Tom performs and studies to impersonate Dickie. The music is movie is really great and My Funny Valentine Music Video is found on this DVD.