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The Talented Mr Ripley (DVD)
Member Name: ridgeway27
The Talented Mr Ripley (DVD)
Date: 08/06/10, updated on 08/06/10 (45 review reads)
Disadvantages: Boring, long, just awful
The Talented Mr Ripley
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Baker Hall
Directed By: Anthony Minghella / Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith
This movie was such a let-down... It absolutely bored me to bits and I was praying for it to just finish so that I could forget about it - but decided to extend that until I had written this review!
The movie focuses on Tom Ripley (Damon) who is great at impersonating people after a brief conversation during an accidental meeting with a rich merchant shipping tycoon (Mr Greenleaf), has him believing that he knows the tycoon's son Dickie. Now, Dickie is currently in Italy - drinking, lounging and frittering his father's money away so Snr Greenleaf wants him back and will pay Damon $1000 (not worth the effort in my opinion!) if he succeeds in doing so. Damon is into classical music and plays the piano well, so feels he can fulfill his ambition of visiting Italy whilst being paid to do so!
He finds Dickie (Jude Law) and starts by watching him with his girlfriend (Paltrow) before introducing himself to them and getting acquainted. Gwyneth invites Damon to lunch and their friendship begins.
Tom almost begins to copy Dickie - wanting to be like him in every way and adopting his habits, musical interests and dreams/aspirations. He does reveal his mission to Dickie quite early on which provokes a negative reaction, but because he had been watching Dickie, he is able to turn this around meaning Dickie instead invites him out and then moves the guy in with him and plan to exploit Tom's expense money (from Dickie's father) further, meaning they are all rarely apart.
Eventually Dickie does tire of Tom and his limited financial backing (especially once Dickie's father cancels the assignment and his funding for Tom) and limited experience of the world - in particular skiing! What follows is the break-up of this friendship and without spoiling the movie in any way - you see exactly how far Tom is prepared to go to keep his world together!
I am a huge Matt Damon fan, but still found this very difficult to warm to. The movie went from confusing to boring in no time at all, and while there were some good moments in the middle - I was able to predict some occurrences (never good) and was almost willing it to hurry up and just finish!!
The storyline is interesting but the ending spoiled it somewhat because you are almost left hanging - it was quite a dark yet predictable ending, which was a let-down given the build up throughout and I was more inspired by the end credits than anything else I had seen!
Summary: Not a movie I will ever subject myself to again.