In this dark yet beautifully filmed epic feature, which received five Oscar nominations including Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Matt Damon plays Tom Ripley, who is sent to Italy in pursuit to retrieve playboy Dickie Greenleaf played by Jude Law. Ripley then takes on a new identity and works his way into Dickie’s life, with disastrous consequences.
Matt Damon’s alter ego character brings shivers to any audience, and his disturbing nature makes this performance one of Damon’s best. Tom Ripley gives us an uneasy feeling and we see the extent he goes to, to become someone else. Eventually, Mr Ripley goes of the course to bring Dickie back, but then peruses to become his best friend; we see this when he pretends to be interested in jazz music (which is accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack) and even give us a unnerving mimic of Dickie’s father.
On top of the brilliant portrayal of the weird Tom Ripley, this film also offers beautiful colours such as dark reds and the contrasts of blues, combined in the backdrop of the stunning rustic streets of Italy. This is merged with the fantastic 1950s costumes which gained the film an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.
This film is captivating and intensely intriguing, and has a plot twist which will make you sit on the edge of your seat. With an astonishing script adaptation and a tragically beautiful plot; this is a must see.
The Talented Mr Ripley is showing as this weeks Vintage Sundays screening and you can buy your tickets here.