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Capote is a well-directed film that has a strong centralized
performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story itself is great and
interesting and I really liked the rather dark tone of the story. I was
also pleased by the cinematography and the camera shots of the 1950's
Kansas. The movie seems to go a bit long, but that is crossed out by a
well-written and memorable screenplay.
Bennett Miller's film focuses on six years of Truman Capote's life as he is writing a novel based on the true killings of four people in Kansas. Truman meets with one of the killers in jail and ends up making friends with him. However, this will change his life forever.
The acting is a strong point for the film. Hoffman delivers an amazing performance as Capote and it shows he can act in just about anything and do it well. His voice was a bit annoying but since that is how Capote spoke, I can't complain. The supporting actors led by Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr, and Chris Cooper are also pretty good.
Overall, this is a great if not somewhat of a long film. It's not long as the it feels like it though. But great direction, acting, and a taut screenplay delivers the goods. There is many talking scenes but they are very interesting. I rate this film 8/10.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman is by far my favourite actor of all time. When i first discovered his movies i could never imagine the range he could have as an actor, then i saw this movie. This movie is an interpretation of what possibly Truman Capote (writer of Breakfast at Tiffany's) went through to write his next award winning novel "In cold blood". Some people disagree with how this movie and also with how Mr. Hoffman interpreted Truman Capote's character. I disagree with every fibre of my being. There could never be a better person to play this role, and nobody should make the assumption of what Truman Capote was like off camera. If you compare what he was like on the radio and in person you can tell that the man would have suffered from lows off camera, battling with his own emotional turmoil. This movie deserves a 10/10 rating because it draws you in and makes you want to watch it to the end.
Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers a Legendary Performance as Truman
Capote. An Oscar, Golden-Globe, SAG & BAFTA, Award-Winning Performance,
that is above any compliment.
'Capote' is a biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book 'In Cold Blood'.
Truman Capote is a really interesting person, and he comes alive on Screen as Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Bennett Miller directs this disturbing and courageous journey with perfect understanding. Cinematography is perfect. Editing is sharp.
Apart from, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, there are 2 more performances that stand out, and those performances are by, Catherine Keener & Chris Cooper.
On the whole, A Must Watch film, with an Electrifying/Ever-Lasting Performance by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
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Never meet your heroes, we are told, as they will invariably disappoint. Any Truman Capote fans will testify to the veracity of that after this chilling account of Capote's process of researching his non-fiction work, In Cold Blood. Hoffman has been lauded for his portrayal of the writer, another success in the niche of acting as impersonation that has proliferated in recent years (Ali, Ray, The Hours, Walk the Line, The Aviator...). The horror of the crime, the self-absorption of the writer, the disdain of the killers - this is a story that appears to lack redemption and offer up only squalor. The film rises above that material by focusing on the symbiotic relationship of Capote and Perry Smith, two incomplete, emotionally stunted individuals, feeding their mutual need for as long as they can make it last. Clifton Collins Jr. matches Hoffman's performance with chill and vulnerability as the naive but ruthless Smith. The film's triumph is to have you rooting for Smith against the antagonistic Capote. When Capote finally gets what he wants - a full confession from Smith - the irony is that the raw horror of it breaks him, forcing him to confront his own amorality. The quiet power of the killer forgiving the artist at the climax is stunning. This is a complex film, disturbing, that dares to challenge big themes, and rewards greatly.
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) travels to Kansas to get the story on a couple guys who executed a farmer, his wife and two children and these events would create the best seller 'In Cold Blood' but it would have an even bigger impact on the author. I was really expected a rather poor movie with a great performance from Hoffman but that certainly wasn't the case in the end. Now that I've seen all the Best Picture nominations, if I had a vote I might put it towards this film, which is certainly a masterpiece of a character study and storytelling. I was really shocked at how captivating this film turned out to be. I knew of the actual case but I didn't know too much about Capote but this film certainly made me interested. Hoffman gives the performance of his career as the troubled author. It was rather amazing to watch him with this eccentric voice and how he could use it for comedy or drama. The closing moments of the film are unforgettable but I'm glad the film didn't try to paint Capote as some sort of saint. I've now seen most of the "big" (ala "great") pictures from 2005 and it was certainly a great year for films.
Could it be!?!?!? The best acting performance ever? It sure as hell
could be. Mr. Hoffman's portrayal of Truman Capote is absolutely
Brilliant. I have never seen anything like his performance. The movie
itself is stellar and Hoffman's performance is half of the reason. The
movie, set in 1959 Kansas follows the story of the brutally murdered
Clutter family. The movie is about Truman Capote writing his most
famous novel " In Cold Blood". I don't want to give away any spoilers.
All I can say is this is one of my favorite movies and is a can't miss.
And................. it may be the best acting performance ever.
Well done Mr. Hoffman, you are now a legend
It was after having watched "In cold blood", I embarked upon a viewing session of this film. While I watched the former to ascertain what made so much of hue and cry upon its release, the latter gave me a helpful insight about the writer who decided to write one of the most controversial books of American literature indeed English literature. Although "Capote" is a weak film,to my mind it has its pros and cons. Pros are related to the technical side. It is a fact that Bennet Miller's style is rather sedate there are many technical issues which have been deftly handled. To quote a few, most of the viewers would be amazed to discover how Winnipeg has become a good substitute for Kansas. Much of the 1950s rural American landscape especially the Kansas landscape was found in that place. The cons of this film are related to P S Hoffman's portrayal of Capote.He has given a good performance but sometimes it can drive people nuts who are not used to Capote's homo antics. The best thing about this film or one should say that the real scene stealer is Chris Cooper as Dewey. He is the sole reason for watching Capote.
This film is more than just a film - it is art. Any old moron can just
throw together some epic budget and fancy effects and make a ton at the
box office, but very few people can depict the life of a supposedly
friendly, yet emotionally decayed writer, in a way that makes us feel
strongly about him, and actually strips away the glamour and looks into
the more shameful and difficult times in his life. But not so famous
director and screenwriter have done it in a way that beats Spielberg
and co. hands down and makes us wonder - whose side are you on in this
film? Capote is a real 10/10 film in every way - the absolutely amazing
screenplay, the emotionally charged directing, the turning of boring
old research into a beautiful film, and on top of all, the terrific
central performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman, that I hope shall be
the highlight of this decade.
Schindler's List was moving, but Liam Neeson's performance never came from the heart, and mostly made him out to be a gruff businessman who did one great deed in his life. But Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance was absolutely flawless - he was a man of many faces, a flamboyant appearance and style, and a man whose emotions you really didn't know. Mr. Hoffman's performance was perhaps the best deserved Oscar of the past ten years, and shows his real interest in his role and also to let everyone know the truth about a man who is one of America's most famous authors. This film tackles a controversial issue with grace and confidence.
All I can say about this film is that it was a breathtaking experience. Everyone will find it powerful and moving, and you will see a performance that will not be equalled this year, next year, or in 2008 for that matter. Capote is an absolutely corking film - not to be missed. On top of that, it recreates the 1950s/60s era very well. An absolute bravo to director Bennett Miller, screenwriter Dan Futterman, Truman Capote's true clone Philip Seymour Hoffman and all the supporting cast - your achievements shall not be forgotten. Brilliant! 10/10
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This film portrays Truman Capote's interest in the brutal and enigmatic
murder of a family in rural Kansa which led him to pen In Cold Blood.
It focuses upon the personality of Capote as he wrestles with his
feelings of intrigue in the details of the case, and his guilt as he
begins to manipulate the lives of the subjects in order to best fulfil
his literary ambition.
Much has been made of Hoffman's performance, and indeed it is an excellent one. He becomes Capote, and in the series of small rooms in which his character's effete charisma reigns, wonderfully conveys the eccentric writer's deep inner-tumult.
Hoffman's skills, however, are wasted on a mundane narrative. Scene follows scene with very little dramatic tension. Whilst the intrigue of these events centred around the shocking violence which intruded upon a peaceful setting, the screenwriter simply did not scratch beneath the surface of any of the characters to the extent that anything substantial is said about the murders themselves or Capote's interest in them. Vague, simplistic allusions stand in for the presence of the type of deft analysis that one might demand of a movie based around extremely tired events. Indeed, if it were not for Hoffman's sublime performance, his genius, this would be a dire two hours. Unfortunately, however, he can not create tension, profundity, insight, nor depth, where these qualities do not exist. As a result, the film languishes as a lavishly made and commandingly acted B-grade script.
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Yes it is a great performance by Hoffman and it shows the hustling
Capote with his many personality and character flaws. *My main major
complaint is that some huge reality issues of the true story were
changed to accommodate a Hollywood story. You know, the usual BS that
even talented writers engage in on this level of film-making. Two
examples:1) To make the Capote/Smith bonding even more, errrrh,
maternal, they show Capote giving Smith a reason to live as he feeds
him baby food (get it folks!) when Smith is in an advanced stage of
starving himself to death. The reality was that Smith's long lost
father (who had a loaded rifle pointed at the junior Smith the last
time they saw each other in Alaska) somehow heard of his son's plight
and wrote a letter to him on death row. Ten years later, that is. This
created an emotional response from his son that brought him back to
life;his father cared for him
and he credits this with making him want to continue the fight against the state's decision to kill him. It wasn't Capote's loving care. 2) At the end, as the execution grew closer, Smith pleaded with the only friend he had left in life (was Hickok a friend?), Capote, to witness the execution. He would find this something of a consolation. Capote said he would and arrived in Kansas but couldn't face the actual hanging. So the sociopathic Smith, before the hood was placed over his head, scanned the faces, hoping for a final human contact. What an ending folks! In closing, why can't writers/filmmakers stay with the facts, the truth, when they're dealing with people's stories? In "Capote" they changed things to structure the story and make it (from their point of view exclusively) more "dramatically balanced". Make Capote more caring. Well, people's lives, in extremis, are often not neat;including scenes like this in a story is what can make for greatness in a movie.
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