RIPLEY

RIPLEY

TV-MA

netflix

A psychological thriller rich in tension and pristine camera work

The Very Best

9.0

TV Show

Switzerland, United States of America
English, Italian
Drama, Thriller
2024
Andrew Scott, Dakota Fanning, Johnny Flynn

TLDR

This show makes awkward look sexy.

What it's about

A bleak-faced scam artist finds a job to track down a rich couple's runaway son, who's off living a private, luxurious life in Italy.

The take

Ripley delivers an atmosphere-driven, intimately engaging suspense story fueled by money and deceit. The exposition moves slowly, albeit with gorgeous transitions and deliberate, cinematic shots to gush over. But the rich narrative possibilities open up by the second episode, where captivating acting and tense storylines anchor the show simultaneously. Tom Ripley (Andrew Scott), Dickie Greenleaf (Johnny Flynn), and Marge Sherwood (Dakota Fanning) each contribute to an uncomfortable three-way dynamic that you can't look away from, each a piece of an equation you inexplicably want to root for. This mini-series is a thoroughly compelling, quietly funny work of art already dressed for the awards shows.

What stands out

The black and white coloring quickly becomes the least interesting thing about it, don't worry.

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