Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Talented Mr. Ripley


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This post is for The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series. This series concerns choosing a shot from a current film that has been chosen and sharing why it’s your favorite shot and/or in some way important to you.

The Talented Mr. Ripley was released in the late 90’s. While I don’t think that the 90’s are a particularly important time for movies in general it was important to me. It was in the mid 90’s, as a pre-teen, that I realized how much movies meant to me. Prior to that I wasn’t old enough to care about any movie that wasn’t just pure fun, a drama like this wouldn’t have appealed to me. Luckily I grew up.

The Talented Mr. Ripley is a long, yet fascinating film about sociopath Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) who is adept at studying and mimicking others. He uses this to his advantage when during happenstance he meets a rich father who hires him to bring his fun loving son who has traveled abroad back to the US. The man assumes that he went to school with his son due to what he is wearing and sensing an opportunity he doesn’t disabuse him of the notion.

He studies up on the son, Dickie Greenleaf’s (Jude Law), interests to figure out how to endear himself to him after arranging a faux meet cute. The only thing that I really find silly about the film is that Damon isn’t really considered one of the beautiful people (hence he wears glasses, ah!).

At any rate, there are many important moments in the movie. However Tom often seems to wear a blank expression during key moments, which are what I often go for. Despite this it was still difficult to choose a scene.

Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley

I chose the above scene as at this point in the movie he is going back and forth between playing Ripley and playing Dickie Greenleaf. To me it seems as if he’s looking in the mirror to see which he is playing at.

Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley

I also almost chose this last scene which is amazing but probably pretty obvious.

and just for fun…

Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley

gratuitous, shirtless Jude Law

If you are an Amazon Prime member you can watch The Talented Mr. Ripley for free, otherwise you can rent it from them by clicking here.

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