The Talented Mr. Ripley movie analysis

Saturday, November 11, 2017


While eating my breakfast, I watched part of the movie, Talented Mr. Ripley, mostly to analyze it because it sucks. As I take a closer look at it, I think it has potential to be a good mystery or thriller, but two actors really suck. I have always thought Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon suck at every role they do, and that is one reason why I never go to any of their movies. This movie dragged and it was boring, although the scenes were interesting. I originally went to see it in the theater because the previews look like it would be an interesting mystery or psychological thriller. All the actors pull of their look, in which they look their part, probably because of the wardrobe people and stylists’ talent. I also thought the other actors did well in the roles, such as the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jude Law, Cate Blanchet, and others, in which this movie had a lot of potential to be a good movie. But something about Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon lowered the standard for the movie. They are just very weak as actors. Maybe Matt Damon should stick to writing or directing, while Gwyneth Paltrow should stick to whatever she does, maybe promoting her usual shit.

Matt Damon did pull off the look of appearing creepy and eerie psycho man, terrorizing the people he meets. And, the other actors pulled off the look of elegance and style in Europe. Therefore, I liked the fashions and style in the movie as well as the European scenes, but the overall movie really sucked rotten eggs, although the other actors did a better job acting.

I would have to give this movie a C grade because it sucked but it had potential to being a good movie. The Cinematography, Stylists, and Wardrobe people should get an A because the pulled off the look, style and scenes. Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow get the grade D because of sucky acting, but at least they pulled off the look and style of the character. Phil Seymour Hoffman, Jude Law, and Cate Blanchet get a B in this movie because they are good actors and they did a good job.  The other unfamiliar actors did a good job, as well.

I took this photograph with my Minolta 5000 50MM camera that I bought in 1987 with my college graduation money. The photograph was taken on a hot summer weekend, probably a Saturday, and many people had made their pilgrimage to the local Irvine Spectrum mall for some entertainment. The malls are usually crowded on weekends because of the shopping, restaurants, movies, and gym as well as some events during the holidays. I actually took this picture for a photography developing class that i was taking for fun during the early 90s. I learned how to develop my own films, which was fun, a lot of work, and interesting process, but I hadn’t realized that there was a lot of chemicals involved. I was considering doing my own dark room, but I had 3 shihtzus and 1 siamese cat at the time, and I was afraid my pets would get into the chemicals and make a big mess or harm themselves.


What do you think?