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Improves upon an already good book
on 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.