- Various Artists
- Gabriel Yared
Paramount Pictures' 90th Anniversary Memorable ScoresSony Classical (S2K 87736)
Released: July 2, 2002
Formats: CD, Digital (148 min)
Review: Talented Mr. Ripley, The
4 / 5 Stars
Its hard to say exactly where Gabriel Yared was planning to go with the score, since I have this feeling that Ive heard some of the melodies in similarly themed / scripted films. It has the feel of an upscale scheming mystery, the kind you expect Michael Caine to have starred in his younger days. Here, in exchange we have wonder-boy Matt Damon as life-sealing psychopath Tom Ripley. The jazz throughout the score does infect the score sections through the orchestration by the use of jazz combo instruments to help tie jazz source cues to Yareds original compositions. At some stretches its ominous and angelic at the same time, with whimsy and light instrumentation, but shifting into a "can we trust this guy" type of slick melody, perfect for the conniving Tom Ripley. Overall its solid but not a stellar achievement and possibly sub par considering previous work on The English Patient, but if you liked the film its more than a handy companion.
The film itself has garnered five Golden Globe© nominations, and is sure to be in hot Oscar© contention in March. The cast is good, but for those wanting a blockbuster, you would probably want to look elsewhere. This films audience is acutely targeted towards those who liked Damon, Blanchett and Minghellas previous films, and bets are that most of the business will remain there, but with hopes that the awards buzz gets more folks to see it. Its something different for adults after the past few years of teen comedies, slashers, and cheap science fiction, and hopefully a sign of intelligent cinema to come.