My favourite J-Law Movies

by Nuwan_Sen | created - 11 Aug 2011 | updated - 14 Sep 2011 | Public

The Best of Jude Law so far. From the 1990's to the 2000's My Top 10 J-Law movies

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1. Closer (I) (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts

Votes: 205,115 | Gross: $33.99M

This was the last movie I watched before leaving England for good, back in early 2005, right in the heart of London at the grand old ‘Odeon’. Haven’t returned to UK since. My favourite movie from the past decade, I’ve written a couple of reviews back in 2005 itself (when I worked as a freelance journalist) and posted one review on the IMDB itself.

Of course writing more as a professional back then, I wrote in the third person. Unlike the IMDB list I do today, where I write mostly in the first person.

Nuwan Sen

2. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 184,410 | Gross: $81.30M

‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ (1999) is the movie where my loyalties shifted. From Matt Damon; who was my favourite actor, back in the late 90’s ever since I saw him play the mathematical genius in ‘Good Will Hunting’ (1997); to Jude Law. J-Law ended up becoming my favourite actor from the naughty-noughts, and he’s so damn good at playing scum bags. He must be one of the finest actors to come out of Britain in recent years. You’d have to be a great actor to be able play an un-likable sleaze ball character so well for an audience to hate that character. Of course like in most cases, the book (by Patricia Highsmith) is way better than the movie. But it’s how good as a movie it is, that matters. And ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ is a very good adaptation. Not that accurate maybe, but definitely more faithful to the novel than it’s earlier French adaptation ‘Plein Soleil’ (1960) (which was an interesting post-noir noir flick itself), and this 99’ version is definitely my favourite movie to come out of the 1990’s.

Some of the most noticeable changes were :-

1. The Criminal mind set. While in the book the Ripley character has no conscience, no guilt, and is incapable of feeling any sort remorse or distress; in the movie you do see Ripley (played by Matt Damon) feeling distraught, repenting for his actions, and capable of human feeling.

2. The Crime. While in this movie version, the boat crime happens on the spur of the moment, in the book the crime is pre-meditated. Ripley, in the novel, having no human feeling for right and wrong, debates over whether this or that person is worth killing or whether it’s just a waste of his time. Unlike in the movie, where the other killings happen to protect himself from the Boat incident. ‘Plein Soleil’ (1960) is more accurate to the book to the extent of the Boat crime being premeditated. But in the classic French version, it’s the good looking Alain Delon (one of greatest French actors of the 50’s & 60’s), that plays Ripley; while in the newer Hollywood version, Matt Damon’s Ripley (as in the novel) is more of a pale, nerdy character and not that attractive. And Dickie (played by Law) is the one with boyish charm and the good looks.

3.The Seduction There is no seduction of Tom Ripley in the book. In the movie Dickie seems to be asking for it, first he indirectly seduces an already infatuated Ripley and then rejects his advances making Ripley feel cheap. Of course it’s not that hard to be seduced by Law in general, thus Law playing a dick called Dickie and waving it right on the Ripley Character’s face, we do feel a sense of sadness for Tom Ripley in the end. Even in ‘Plein Soleil’, we do feel sorry for the crime doer, even though there is no such seduction there and his crime was pre-meditated. The bathtub chess sequence in this 99’ movie version is the main seduction scene in the movie that I’m talking about. Law getting out of the tub in a very sensual manner aligning his manhood onto Damon’s face, Law’s ‘Dickie’ deserved what was coming. Checkmate! There is no such thing in the book. There is the accusation of sexual deviation in the book, for even in the book Ripley is in awe of the pretty boy ‘Dickie’, but no seduction from the scumbag Dickie Greenleaf’s side .

4. The ‘Dumb Blonde’ syndrome In the novel, Marge is a totally daft character, and even Ripley, with his high standards when it comes to murder, does not feel this foolish girl is worth the trouble to plot and kill. In this movie however Marge (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) is shown as a pretty smart blonde. The ‘Dumb Blonde’ syndrome isn’t applicable to Paltrow’s Marge at all, even though she seems a bit foolish to blindly trust Ripley on the whereabouts of her fiancé, ‘Dickie’.

There are many other little differences in this movie. None the less, I love the Movie, I love the Book ! The Best of J-Law by N-Sen

Nuwan Sen

3. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 62,552 | Gross: $12.78M

See my list named :-

'Top 5 Nouveau Comedies (2001 - 2010)'

Nuwan Sen

4. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

73 Metascore

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 140,933 | Gross: $95.64M

Great Civil War Epic

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5. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 14,815 | Gross: $2.16M

Great Bio-pic on Oscar Wilde and his selfish lover 'Bosie' (Law).

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6. My Blueberry Nights (2007)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A young lonely woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Chad R. Davis

Votes: 52,350 | Gross: $0.87M

Great Law-berry nights with Norah Jones.

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7. Enemy at the Gates (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, War

53 Metascore

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

Votes: 246,031 | Gross: $51.40M

World War - II against one man.

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8. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 283,666 | Gross: $12.34M

Realistic depiction of the future

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9. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 249,540 | Gross: $104.45M

Law Bald Villan

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10. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 136 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 254,539 | Gross: $63.22M

Romantic Christmas holiday across the ocean with Law being lovely for a change. And Kate Winslet, my favourite actress from recent years, playing his sister.

Nuwan Sen

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