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Ripley's Game is a very watchable thriller
on 31 December 2017
Viewed as a stand-alone thriller, this kept me enthralled all the way through. The body count at one point became bizarrely comical, and I was rooting for both leads (John Malkovich and Dougray Scott). Ray Winstone played Ray Winstone but none the worse for that.
However, in my mind I was going back to The Talented Mr Ripley and thinking of how Matt Damon played him. From reading Patricia Highsmith's novels, Matt Damon's portrayal was more accurate of the central character (though when I first saw that film I didn't like him playing the role, but 'got' it on a second viewing) - I desperately wanted Mr Ripley in The Talented Mr Ripley to get his comeuppance, but in Ripley's Game, I desperately DIDN'T want Mr Ripley to get HIS! This can only have been altered with the screenplay. Malkovich was so watchable and the character was more sympathetic than previously.
Ripley's Game was more of an action thriller rather than a study of a 'psychological mess' as in The Talented Mr Ripley. Which do I prefer? I really don't know. I enjoyed both. I would recommend both