"Mr. Ripley has got to be one Matt Damon's most compelling performances to date!"
When we first meet people, for most of us, we expect to get an honest representation of their true self. Well, what if we never get to meet them, but meet someone that they are pretending to be? We know, weird right? Well, wait until you see Matt Damon play that one out in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"!
"The Talented Mr. Ripley" is a well-written film closely based off of a novel created by Patricia Highsmith. There is also another version of this story titled "Purple Moon", but we feel this one sums it up best. Shall we Unhinge?
For those that have never seen or heard anything about this film, it's definitely a psychological thriller with more than a twist. It's the equivalent of a half-gainer morphing into a 360 cat leap and what that basically means is get ready for the roller coaster ride..lol Matt Damon shines as Tom Ripley, an intriguing man with the ability to impersonate just about anyone he comes across.
A talent like this could prove deadly in the wrong hands or at least cause some ripples in the still waters we swim. You ever encounter someone like that? A person that could just pick up where you left off and continue on without the world even noticing that your gone? That's crazy or just an insane talent, which is why this movie intrigued us so much.
We like movies that require the viewer to call upon all of their senses to truly dig into the meat of a story just to even catch a glimpse of the full understanding.
So what's the movie about?
It's about a man named Tom Ripley(Damon) or at least that's what he's called in the film, who embarks on a quest to bring a rich man's son home from Italy. The task is pretty simple, take $1000 dollars visit the country and convince Henry Greenleaf's son, Dickie(Law) to come home. Nothing hard, nothing to grand a task to achieve right? Well, we don't think that Mr. Greenleaf planned on Ripley becoming so close to his son that even the local authorities confuse the two.
How is this even possible? Well, that's where Tom's uncanny talent comes into play because he can forge any signature and impersonate anyone that he spends time around. Just imagine being able to walk into a bank and tell them that your Donald Trump! "Ching Cha-ching!" That's just insane, but that's on the low end of Ripley's massive spectrum. He's more capable and manipulative than to just settle for riches, he likes to become the total package.
Jude Law is also in this film as Dickie Greenleaf, the wealthy shipbuilder's son that has a zest for women and spending his father's money. He also has a girlfriend named Marge(Paltrow) that clings to his heels, even while he fraternizes with the local ladies. It seems ol' Dickie finds company wherever he goes and his buddy Freddie Miles(Hoffman) isn't doing much to keep him in tow.
The story gets even more interesting when Dickie comes up missing and the last known person to be in his company is (drum roll please) Tom! And what makes that even more intriguing is that for some strange reason Dickie is still writing checks and being seen on the town. Now how's that even possible? In a word, talent.
You've got to watch this film, if only it's to see Jude Law and Matt Damon go in on some heavy back and forth. Phillip Seymor Hoffman is also in this film, as Freddie, a snobby friend of Dickie's that dangerously sticks his diamond encrusted nose too close to the truth. There are a few hints of homosexuality within "The Talented Mr. Ripley", but it only adds to the complexity of Damon's character. Tom will often leave you thinking, "How far will he go" to avoid being himself.
In full Unhinged Review flavor, we aren't going to give you too much of the film, but we hope that this review peaked your curiosity and encourages you to watch a quality film. This movie has also received several awards, along with a few Oscar nominations to mark it's place in history as a film to see!
Have you seen it yet? What did you think of the movie? What is it about Ripley that you find the most engaging?
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