The Talented Mr.Ripley

The Talented Mr.Ripley
Review: Set in the 1950’s New York, Tom Ripley is a young underachiever and is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf. Dickie is a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy.The errand fails and Tom takes extreme measures.
Director: Anthony Minghella
Actors: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jack Davenport
Year: 1999
Genre: Crime, Drama and Thriller
Conclusion: 4/5
Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. A fine piece of directing and an all star cast. For this film Jude Law learnt to play the saxophone and Matt Damon learnt to play the piano. Anthony Minghella originally wanted Tom Cruise for the role of Ripley but it was after seeing the film Good Will Hunting (1997) that he decided to cast Matt Damon. Apparently this is Matt Damon’s favorite film that he has made. The themes that are shown in this film are isolation, violence and irrationality, human flaws, wealth, the most important one is desire – not to have too much of it but to be content with what you have or be prepared for disastrous consequences and the last one is identity. At the Bafta Film Awards in 2000 this won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Jude Law). One film critic wrote about this film “Not only is it an elegantly polished affair, with top notch performances all around, and magnificent camerawork and editing, it’s also acutely aware of how class, money and sex shape desire and resentment”. 

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