Talented Mr. Ripley
In late 1950's New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Europe to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley kills the playboy and begins to assume his life.
Not the most positive portrayal of a homosexual being another entry into the 'gays easily become serial killers' genre. Due to its being mainstream, one could hope that this film might lead the general public to understand the danger of gay men feeling forced to live in the closet, rather than in confirming that gays are evil. But that's probably unlikely.
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Beautifully adapted by the director from lesbian author Patricia Highsmith's seminal suspense novel.
Matt Damon's performance is astonishing, as his chameleonic Ripley changes faces and voices. The ending, as he faces having to kill the one man he has really loved, is shattering.
And Jude Law, Brit though he be, nails the prep school accent. And when he rises, wet in the candlelight, from his bath, his ass and body are beautiful to behold.
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