Dickie Greenleaf? Tom Ripley?

The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley

I decided to watch one of my favorite movies. Well, that’s a lie. Right now, for some strange reason I’m obsessed with watching The Talented Mr. Ripley starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwenyth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett. It’s based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith and it’s a literary masterpiece if you ask me.

Tom Ripley, Dickie Greenleaf & Marge Sherwood
Tom Ripley, Dickie Greenleaf & Marge Sherwood

I saw the movie when I was younger and I loved it a lot then but it wasn’t until I was older did I understand some of the themes that are involved with this movie. Tom Ripley is an usher/piano genius type of character who masterminds lie after lie to climb higher into society. He meets Dickie’s parents at a function in NYC that he’ s playing piano at and this begins the lies such as the fact that he went to Princeton and knew their son Dickie. Dickie lives in Italy with his girlfriend Marge Sherwood. When Tom makes the journey to Italy, he bumps into Meredith Randall(Logue of the textile Logues),

"Logue...Yes that's right of the textile Logues"
“Logue…Yes that’s right of the textile Logues”

shes traveling under Randall as to have a shield of anonymity. So Tom says he’s Dickie Greenleaf traveling under Ripley. The movie goes on, Tom kills Dickie in San Remo cause he couldn’t handle the truth and assumes his identity.

Tom and Meredith meet again in Rome. They go to an opera and Tom bumps into Marge and her friend. Did I mention that at this point he’s Dickie? Well, he quickly goes back to Tom. He realizes he has to break off his ties with whatsherface Meredith. She cries and says in the daylight “It’s better to have heartbreak in the daylight” something to that effect. So Tom/Dickie offers to met her Cafe Dinelli in La Palazza.

Cafe Dinelli at 10:30am....but where's Tom
Cafe Dinelli at 10:30am….but where’s Tom

Did I mention that he’s told Marge and her gay friend Peter Smith Kingsley to meet at the same time? Well he did! Que Escandalo!!!!!

Fast forward it’s 10:30, there awaits Meredith and here comes Marge and her gay. Meredith the woman about town recognizes Peter and calls him out. Marge and Meredith meet and realize they’ve dated Dickie at the same time. Here’s the part I don’t get, maybe I’m stupid.They then say “Come stay and wait for our friend Tom” Um………..hello dingbat?!?!

A master manipulator
A master manipulator

Why didn’t you connect the two dots together that they weren’t the same person. Even at the opera when her aunt said “I was sure we met you before” to Dickie. Dickie wasn’t the same person you thought.  Like I just don’t get it. So Tom/Dickie goes on to kill another person Freddie Miles and then he goes to Venice to get his gay on with Peter Smith Kingsley…….until he kills him because…..

Another Day, Another Lie, Another Murder......
Another Day, Another Lie, Another Murder……

He runs into Meredith Logue again and the lies start. Goodness, he lies so much thats why his smile is like Mr. Ed! Lies Lies Lies….they gonna get you!

C'est La Vie
C’est La Vie

One of the things that I like about this movie that inspired the post was the fashion. The fashion of traveling, the fashions that they wore, the fashions in the hair, basically the overall fashion. This was the glamour and the casual chic of the 50s. Unfortunately “Kitten Heels” are introduced to women. The way a suit perfectly fit a man. The way the coats fit the women. The hats, the gloves, the purses and the effortless chic style that people possessed. I wish we still dressed like this. No matter the price of the item the look still exuded some kind of extravagance.

Before I end a few key things:

  • We’re shown a Gucci store in Rome in the 1950s
  • Gwenyth Paltrow’s performance is good but compared to Blanchett, she’s TOFU
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman “Everybody knows Freddy Miles” superb like always
  • The fashion is superb. European glamour meets American WASP
  • The buildings that  are used as housing are just gorgeous!

This movie is great if you’ve never seen it. It’s one of my favorites. They’ve all done great things and Gwenyth Paltrow is still considered the biggest 5 letter word in Hollywood!!!! You go Gwen Paltrow!!!!