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|The Talented Mr Ripley / School Ties |
Actors: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Brendan Fraser, Cate Blanchett
Directors: Anthony Minghella, Robert Mandel
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: R Release Date: 5-FEB-2008 Media Type: DVD
Veering A Long Way from The Novel
John F. Rooney | 04/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a beautifully crafted movie with fine acting, directing, cinematography, and an artful script. The Italian locations are beautiful and striking. In its own realm of cinema, it is a superb production.
What interests me most, though, is how the film differs from Patricia Highsmith's fine novel. The film medium should not slavishly follow another art form, the novel, but should it veer so far off course as this one? We know that Highsmith was not too happy with film interpretations of her work, but we wonder how she would have reacted to this. She died in 1995; this came out in 1999.
Anthony Minghella, director and screenwriter, took considerable liberties with the source material. In the movie Tom commits three murders rather than the two in the novel. He is gayer in the movie while he is more closeted in the book. The character of Freddie (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is more sinister, nastier, and more important in the movie. Meredith, a key player in the movie, is non-existent, and Tom does not have a love affair with Peter Smyth Kingsley.
In the book Dickie paints rather than plays the saxophone. He has no local girlfriend whom he gets with child. In the book Marge has no accusation scene with Tom and is far more passive. In the movie Dickie's father cedes his son's inheritance to Tom; in the book Tom steals it by forging the son's signature. And so it goes.
Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf steals the movie while a toothy and bespectacled Damon, though he does a fine job, seems more a witness than participant in the first part of movie. Tom is always trying to ingratiate himself with Dickie while Dickie often shows his complete disdain for him, calling him spooky, creepy, and a leech. Tom openly admits to his idol that he forges, lies, and does impersonations. Later, of course, he becomes Dickie for a time. Tom reads too much sexual meaning into some of Dickie's actions.
The movie makes Tom more guilt-ridden than the book in which he jettisons his conscience. A memorable line by Tom from the movie: "I'd always thought it'd be better to be a real somebody than a fake nobody."
Daniel A. Kruger | Playa del Rey, CA USA | 06/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was looking to purchase the Talented Mr. Ripley and saw this double feature. I think both movies are excellent and a great choice to put together. Matt Damon stars in both movies and gives a fine performance. I would recommend this to anyone who likes one or both of these films."