Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Talented Mr. Ripley (film)

To be fair, I didn't even watch the whole movie.  I just don't think it's a book that is easily adapted to the screen. The book is quite cerebral and the pace is slow and that doesn't translate well into a feature film. Maybe I'm jaded, having just read the book, but all I could think throughout was how much was being left out - important things that gave life to Ripley's character.  The movie didn't capture the almost sadistic pleasure Tom Ripley takes in scamming people - his sociopathy.  Instead, Tom only appears to be an opportunist.

Maybe if I had seen the film before reading the book I would have appreciated it more, but I'm pretty sure I still wouldn't have thought it was particularly good.  However, based on a recommendation from a friend, I am going to watch Ripley's Game, which has gotten better reviews.  I just don't know if I'll watch before, or after, reading the book.

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