The Talented Mr Ripley

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The late '50s. New York lavatory attendant Tom Ripley (Damon) may not be conventionally talented, but he's very able when it comes to reacting on the spot, especially with little white lies. When shipbuilder Herbert Greenleaf assumes he's an old college pal of his son Dickie (Law), Ripley's quick to snap up the opportunity to visit Europe, purportedly to lure the playboy home, but actually to sample la dolce vita for himself. But, having wormed his way into the affections of Dickie and his girlfriend Marge (Paltrow), he can't face losing his new-found life of leisure. Minghella's imaginative but mostly faithful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's classic study of a sociopathic killer is a class act, in every sense. Not only is it an elegantly polished affair, with top notch performances all round, and magnificent camerawork and editing, it's also acutely aware of how class, money and sex shape desire and resentment, and of the distinctions between presenting a facade to the world, outright pretence and the more radical practice of reinventing oneself. It's into these registers that Minghella weaves the most intriguing and ironic undertones.

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Rated: 15
Duration: 139 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anthony Minghella
Screenwriter: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow
Philip Baker Hall
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jude Law
Sergio Rubini
Cate Blanchett
James Rebhorn
Lisa Eichhorn
Matt Damon
Jack Davenport
Celia Weston

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Watched this recently and apart from seeing young Jude Law and beautiful scenery from the Italian Rivera, I could not get into it. The story is about a young guy that gets hired by a rich man to help convince his son to return home. Once there he falls in love with the opulent lifestyle and does everything he can to retain it. I stopped half way through as I got bored. I did not understand why this fickle rich guy enabled this other man to enter his life so easily. I found the characters annoying and nothing really gripped me enough to keep watching. Read the ending online and was not disappointed that I didn't continue watching.