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Despite an exciting plot, this film wasn’t as satisfying as I wanted it to be because it needed more emphasis on Mr Ripley’s thought process.

Recently I watched The Talented Mr. Ripley. I believe the film’s purpose was to entertain and keep the viewer involved, and it did a great job of doing so. You have no idea what is going to happen next and the plot, which was very vivid and alive, keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entirety of the film. Despite an exciting plot, this film wasn’t as satisfying as I wanted it to be because it needed more emphasis on Mr Ripley’s thought process. At the end of the movie I was left feeling very curious about Tom Ripley’s way of thinking. I really would have loved a better understanding of it.

The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by Anthony Minghella, and features Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Talented Mr. Ripley is set in the late 50’s in New York. A ‘nobody’, Tom Ripley is hired by a wealthy Mr. Greenleaf to travel to Italy and bring his spoiled-rich son, Dickie Greenleaf, back to America. At first, he fails.. which turns out to be disastrous.

I wish I understood what Tom Ripley was thinking when he murdered Dickie Greenleaf. Even more though, I want to know what he was thinking when he stole his identity. Tom even explains at the end of the movie, “It is always better to be a real nobody than a fake somebody”. What made him realize that in the end? I feel like more emphasis on Tom’s thought process would help to elaborate this further and open the eyes of the viewer more. Why did Tom Ripley claim to be Dickie when he met Meredith Logue upon arrival in Italy? He could have explained his real reason for travel and she probably would have acted the same towards him. I am not sure if Tom Ripley is straight, homosexual, or bisexual. I think some sort of clues as to which he is would most likely help satisfy the viewers need for further understand as to why he made some of the decisions...