Talented Mr. Ripley" on DVD
The American Patient
Matt Damon is Tom
Ripley, a young man with a talent for forgery and for living vicariously
through other people.
While filling in as
a piano player, he meets a wealthy shipbuilder who, mistakenly thinking
Ripley was a college buddy of his son, hires him to convince his son to
return to the USA from his extended vacation in Italy.
Ripley, in order to
get the free trip plus expenses, goes. Once in Italy he meets up with
Dickie (Jude Law) and his girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow) and wriggles his
way into their lives. He hangs out with them, even living with them and
wearing Dickies clothes; in fact, he almost becomes the brother
Dickie never had.
Then, when Dickies
dad gets fed up with Ripleys lack of action at getting Dickie to
come home and releases him from their agreement, Dickie also cuts himself
off from Ripley.
Whats a self
respecting wannabe to do?
itself at the perfect time for Ripley, as do the perfect circumstances,
and then the excitement begins.
To say any more would
spoil the movie for you, so we wont.
it or not, we didnt really care for Miramax/Paramount's Mr.
Ripley. Oh, the performances are fine (Damon is very believable
and Paltrow is positively radiant), the Italian locations are beautiful,
and the music is wonderful and the audio quality is superb. Unfortunately,
the story leaves a lot to be desired.
Mr. Ripley is a likeable
enough guy, but that likeability masks a very dark side you dont
like much at all. Likewise, Dickie is a spoiled brat rich kid for whom
its hard to feel any sympathy. Paltrows character is likeable,
but she and the other women who are in Dickies circle
are merely victims.
"The Talented Mr.
Ripley" is a much better DVD than it is a movie. The same could be said
for the last Anthony Minghella movie we reviewed: "The
English Patient." It was lush and looked and sounded great, but left
us cold as far as actually enjoying the movie.
As mentioned, the
audio quality, which is mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1, is superb and, in
a movie in which music plays such a prominent part, this is very welcome.
The anamorphic widescreen (enhanced for 16x9 TVs) is also terrific.
Extras include interviews
with the major cast and crew members, a making of featurette,
and another making of featurette that concentrates on the
films terrific soundtrack. Theres also a running commentary
from director/screenwriter Anthony Minghella, a couple of theatrical trailers,
and two music videos.
The Talented Mr. Ripley,
from Paramount Home Video
138 minutes, Widescreen (2.35:1), Dolby Digital
Starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
Produced by William Horberg, Tom Sternberg
Written and Directed by Anthony Minghella
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