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I couldn't get into it, it's slow and dosen't go anywhere and I didn't watch the whole thing. Thought it might be worth it as it was an Oscar winner and I can understand why as the lead actor who plays... Read more Capote did it well but the story let him down.
The most remarkable feature of this film is the extraordinary acting performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman as the illustrious author and tinsel New York socialite, Truman Capote. The true story of... Read more the gruesome murder of a Kansas family and Capote's personal feelings for one of the accomplices lead to his greatest literary achievement, "In Cold Blood" - and also to his eventual downfall. Hoffman is so convincing, one imagines he really is Truman Capote and fully deserves the Oscar. Other outstanding actors in the cast include Catherine Keener as Harper Lee, author of "To Kill A Mocking Bird," and Clifton Collins Jr. as Perry Smith, one of the killers.
I wasn't familiar with the subject or his books, but this is a fantastic story of an utter bastard.
All you have to do to appreciate this film, and Seymour Hoffman's performance is to watch the great, seriously odd Truman Capote on Youtube. He was a small, brilliant man, a great writer with a polarizing... Read more personality and a weird voice. But he was a charming man, who got all the information he wanted by working his magic on everyone around him. Then, read Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. Then you'll get it. Hopefully. This is a true story. And how it happened is quite extraordinary. He got full access to the prison to get his material! And he probably had a fling with one of the inmates! But having said that, Toby Jones in Infamous, which is the same story - is way better as Capote.
I agree with the review by jnf. Watching the Special Feature with Phillip Seymour Hoffman et al commenting added even more.
A slow burning drama (maybe a little to slow at times). Hoffman was amazing. And the topic fascinating. The true events of this story, basically led to Capote's self destruction. Very moving scenes at the end.
an awesome movie, it is hard to like the characters and portrays self serving interests in the name of fame and fortune, a genuine relationship formed that was used to make gains challenges you to move... Read more beyond what either of them have done but how valued that friendship is
What a performance by Hoffman - and not a bum note in the whole movie! The story is fascinating - a meaningless murder by two no-hopers and a journo who decides to chronicle their journey from murder... Read more to capture to incarceration to a state-imposed death. What remains with me is the horrible contradiction that Capote faced: his dual roles as the predator journo who would profit from the murderer's death and the human being who had truly befriended this unfortunate man. Capote's journey from euphoria to a state of near paralysis is moving. Hoffman makes you understand why Capote never wrote another thing.
I got this movie because I knew Capote was famous but didn't know much more than that. This was probably why I enjoyed it because his story unfolded as it went along. A bit turgid viewing but from... Read more what I have since researched about Capote, it was reasonably accurate. Good movie if you want to learn about a famous person. Not so good if you just want to be entertained.
Strangely compelling. Not so much for PSH's overcooked performance but for the supporting players who are universally excellent, & the sensitive, intelligent treatment of the central tragedy & it's many adjuncts. Give it a chance. Rewarding.