Director: Bennett Miller
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Chris Cooper
Reading of the murder of a Kansas family, New York City novelist Truman Capote decides to cover the story himself, and travels to the small town with his childhood friend, aspiring novelist Harper Lee. When Perry Smith and Dick Hickock are arrested and charged, Capote forms an emotional bond with Smith during his jailhouse interviews despite the young criminal's apparent guilt.
This is a review of the movie and not the book.
Here is a biopic that went further than I thought it would. I knew about Truman Capote, but I did not think that he was a well known name amongst the middle to lower class. He was a writer during a time when people were really isolated in small areas. These people did not know of what really went on in New York City.
Capote was a short paunchy physically weak effeminate man that drank too much. His parties were the best in the city. He like to party and gossip. When he started working on In Cold Blood, he started getting too close to one of the murders. He fell in love with the killer. You see the writer in this small Kansas town not fitting in at all. There was no way that Capote could have blended in anywhere in Kansas.
This was a pretty good movie. I had known of Capote way before seeing the movie, so I was interested in seeing the movie when it came out. I do not think that someone who did not known of Capote would really like the movie. They may just be more annoyed by the sound of his voice or by how gay the real man was. That may turn some people off from the movie.
Philip Seymour Hoffman nailed this role. If you have seen archival footage of Capote, you would think the same. It was as if Hoffman was Truman Capote. It was a little weird how well his performance was in this movie. He was it. The rest of the movie was great as well as the performances. The costumes were wonderful. The sets were all spot on. The movie looked great. I was really impressed by how good the movie looked.
I liked this movie. The only really down point of the movie is that it is not really a rewatcher. It is worth watching. I t was really good. Just not a repeater. If you have not seen this movie, then you really need to. Enjoy.
Capote (2005) Trailer