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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
The Talented Mr Ripley [DVD]
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VINE VOICEon 9 July 2017
I thought the film was quite faithful to the book with a few good additions. Tom was more explicitly gay in the film than was possible in a 1950’s book in which his sexuality was always more unstated than anything. This entailed adding a whole new character to the story. The police are always implausibly stupid in Highsmith novels and the plot was improved in this area to make Tom a bit smarter and the police not so witless. Tom's whole character is very slippery: how much does he plan the murder of Dickie, and how much does it happen after an argument. The film seems to veer towards the argument side more than the book but it's never clear how premeditated it was.

All in all, I feel Highsmith would have liked this film and Highsmith readers will not be disappointed in it.
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on 16 September 2013
Nothing more really needs to be said about the film itself - it's just a beautiful piece of work. Technically, the Blu-Ray is certainly an improvement over the DVD but don't expect visual revelations. It's not a vintage film - although tries to capture that feeling - and I find the picture quality slightly disappointing. There are ways to get that old feel without compromising the definition (one good example is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which perfectly captures that old film stock look with its characteristic muted colour palette). But Ripley is just downright grainy. But don't let that detract from the main point, which shines through - it is just a wonderful movie; beautifully shot with compelling performances and it successfully (for me at least) evokes the time and places in which it is set.
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on 10 June 2017
Watched this last night having previously streamed it through a subscribed media app. It was the first time my partner had watched it and he enjoyed it immensely.

Matt Damon plays the impoverished Tom Ripley whose life takes on a complex turn of events after he borrows a Princeton jacket from a friend and fellow pianist in order to fulfill a favour - his friend has injured his arm and is unable to play at a private function so Ripley steps in. The host thereafter remarks on Ripley's great performance before he and his wheelchair-bound wife, Emily, notice the Princeton logo on his blazer, remarking that he was of the same class as their estranged son, Dickie Greenleaf, whom is living it up in Italy on his allowance as a spoiled playboy.

Greenleaf senior invites Tom Ripley to his shipyard and offers him a substantial sum of money to travel First Class to Italy to persuade his son to return home. Impressed by Ripley's piano renditions, he scoffs at his son's rather awful taste in jazz music. With this in mind and to appear convincing, Ripley studies the Princeton Yearbook and takes a hands-on crash course in Jazz in order to ensure his target, Dickie (played well by Jude Law), will endear himself to him through a feigned mutual appreciation for jazz. However, once in Italy having sought out Dickie who is languishing on the beach with his girlfriend, Marge (played convincingly by Gwyneth Paltrow), and having secured a dinner invitation, Ripley rapidly grows envious of Dickie's playboy lifestyle and wants to prolong the union.

Dickie soon tires of the novelty of having a new friend/ hanger-on and suggests one last trip before urging Tom to return to the States with a clear message that he has no desire to give up his playboy lifestyle and return to his family. When the two share a lone boating trip across a favoured bay however, things take a drastic turn as an argument ensues - leading Tom Ripley into a web of deceipt and trepidation - all almost blighted by sporadic appearances from a fellow traveller and wealthy admirer, Meredith Logue (Cate Blanchett), whom he introduces himself to as the man he was sent to find when first their paths cross in the ship's disembarkation area. Obviously, Meredith has to be avoided but it is a small world in that part of Italy....

Very tense and gripping movie with nail-biting twists and turns!
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on 23 June 2016
Intriguing, obsessional Mr Ripley. This almost as good a the book! A first class film that I could watch overand over and that never happens. Perfectly executed.
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on 18 May 2017
love the twists and turns of this film. arrived in good time, well packed.
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on 3 May 2017
Beautifully filmed and written.
Watched before a trip to southern Italy and Rome. Would recommend this excellent film
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on 7 January 2016
A classic film, in my opinion. A masterpiece, really. Great great script. Amazing settings. Solid performances all round. Love this film. :-)
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on 30 March 2017
A good film but dragged on for far too long.
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on 5 March 2017
Excellent thriller.
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on 14 May 2017
Good film
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