Story, acting shine
Lisa Potts of Glendale is an executive secretary.
In “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” we learn early on exactly what Mr.
Ripley’s talents are -- as he tells his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf,
portrayed wonderfully by British actor Jude Law, that he writes bad
checks, tells lies and does impersonations. This barely scratches the
surface of this complex title role. Matt Damon stars as Tom Ripley and
does an excellent job in this fascinating and complicated character
Directed by Anthony Minghella (of “The English Patient” fame) and
adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, this film reminded me of
the smart, taut thrillers of the 1940s. It has a compelling story along
with an exotic locale, high tension and intrigue throughout and stunning
performances all around. Gwyneth Paltrow shines as well, as Dickie’s
understanding, long-suffering girlfriend. This film is a definite must
My one critique would be the sudden and rather unsatisfying ending
(perhaps I expected or wanted something different), but overall I give
this film an appreciative 10 and a rousing thumbs up!
Hits and misses
Dean Briggs of Glendale is an actor.
This film is a moral tale. Anthony Minghella adapts a story of lies,
deception and tragedy that hits and misses.
The locations are very beautiful and the actors are all very talented.
The problems lie not only in certain implausibilities of the story, but
also in Minghella’s mistake in losing his audience during critical
We lose connection to the lead character Tom Ripley, played by Matt
Damon. Damon’s character must keep us interested in the film, but we
often lose sight of the reasons why Tom is doing what he is doing and
what’s worse is that we stop caring.
Minghella plays Tom as a confused imposter. This works well part of
the time, but ultimately the film feels compromised and unclear in its