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The Talented Mr. Ripley
Review by NicoleG
1½ stars out of 4
There is only one possible good reason for going to see
this movie: the Italian scenery-- the rest I wouldn't
It has been presented as a tale about a fellow who
treads upon everybody and everything to reach position
and money, but it's not really that.
John Ripley is not particularly smart and brilliant to
create a life of his own.
He is quite a dull calculator who takes advantage from
the incredible set of circumstances that come to his favour.
There is an attempt to picture the emotional aspects
of his personality....we may ask ourselves is he
attracted to Dickie Greenleaf? Does he feel something
for him? Is it only his money he wants? Dickie Greenleaf
is lively, witty, handsome (actor Jude Law) and affectionate,
so it could be..... This point could have been interesting but at a certain
point it is dropped.
There are apparently no strong emotions behind John
Ripley's actions and a character like that I find boring
in this context. From my point of view, I've had enough about serial
killers' stories. Most of the time-- as this one turns
out to be-- they are absurd, so absurd that the people
sitting next to me in the cinema were laughing when the
murders were happening (at least I hope they were laughing because they
considered the killing as out of place as I did).
Never mind, I will conclude saying that with more
attention and analysis, The Talented Mr. Ripley
could have been a respectable movie.
Unfortunately it seems that the director and
scriptwriter didn't take much care to commit themselves
for a good result!
Some advice: if you want to go to the cinema...go
to see something else. If you do see The Talented Mr. Ripley,
don't hesitate to let me know what you think: I'm curious.
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