Capote

Capote

90%
  • R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bennett Miller
    In Theaters:
    Sep 30, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 14, 2006
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Capote
    2 minutes 5 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

Critic Review - Murphy's Movie Reviews

I am aware that virtually every critic in America if not on the planet has lauded Hoffman's portrayal of the author and that I am in the minority. Watching Hoffman I felt something primal was missing from his interpretation ... To my mind, Hoffman's work

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Comments

alister5dove

Alister Drakeford

Way to go, Mr. Murphy- not sure about Capote as predator but there was definitely an absence of something in Hoffman's portrayal. Did you, like me prefer Toby Jones' fireworks in "Infamous"?

May 31 - 11:22 AM

Anakin

Drizzt Reznicek

yea.. overrated like hell.

Dec 2 - 08:05 AM

Michael 123

Michael Young

I think you miss what is really being demonstrated, which is not seduction, but manipulation.

It's demonstrated several times throughout the movie, including the scenes with Perry Smith. In that sense you're quite right, they weren't close. That didn't stop either of them from pretending to be close. They played it perfectly; they were using one another.

The whole concept is set up on the drive to Laura Kinney's house when Nell Lee accuses Capote of lying and he says "I don't lie." Of course he does.

Even before that it's evident when he pays off the porter on the train to give him a compliment in Lee's presence.

What is being demonstrated is Capote's remarkable ability to promote himself and manipulate other people--a hallmark of alcoholics and dysfunctional people in general.

When Capote says, later on, that Smith went out the backdoor and I went out the front, he's acknowledging that Smith is every bit as manipulative as Capote himself is and that he understands that, the why and the how of it and how it came to be.

Capote chose to manipulate high society and make millions. Smith chose to manipulate via crime and murder. Regardless, each was the center of their own universe. The film shows that in an admirable, actually stunning way.

Watch it again.

Aug 9 - 09:40 AM

Britchk

Mal Berman

I agree with Murphy's assessment of this movie.

Why Hoffman and Keener constantly choose movie roles that portray copious minutes of bland staring, inferring who knows what but some deep, sinister internal plot only the character would know of is beyond me. Capote is one more staring session with little or no clue to tell us who this man really was?

Did he become obsessed with the prisoner for three years without knowing the how's or why's of the murder? Was he revolted when he found out?

Lots of gravy and no real ingredients made this a very weak movie for me.

Sep 8 - 04:38 PM

Britchk

Mal Berman

I agree with Murphy's assessment of this movie.

Why Hoffman and Keener constantly choose movie roles that portray copious minutes of bland staring, inferring who knows what but some deep, sinister internal plot only the character would know of is beyond me. Capote is one more staring session with little or no clue to tell us who this man really was?

Did he become obsessed with the prisoner for three years without knowing the how's or why's of the murder? Was he revolted when he found out?

Lots of gravy and no real ingredients made this a very weak movie for me.

Sep 8 - 04:38 PM

Britchk

Mal Berman

I agree with Murphy's assessment of this movie.

Why Hoffman and Keener constantly choose movie roles that portray copious minutes of bland staring, inferring who knows what but some deep, sinister internal plot only the character would know of is beyond me. Capote is one more staring session with little or no clue to tell us who this man really was?

Did he become obsessed with the prisoner for three years without knowing the how's or why's of the murder? Was he revolted when he found out?

Lots of gravy and no real ingredients made this a very weak movie for me.

Sep 8 - 04:38 PM

Britchk

Mal Berman

I agree with Murphy's assessment of this movie.

Why Hoffman and Keener constantly choose movie roles that portray copious minutes of bland staring, inferring who knows what but some deep, sinister internal plot only the character would know of is beyond me. Capote is one more staring session with little or no clue to tell us who this man really was?

Did he become obsessed with the prisoner for three years without knowing the how's or why's of the murder? Was he revolted when he found out?

Lots of gravy and no real ingredients made this a very weak movie for me.

Sep 8 - 04:38 PM

Britchk

Mal Berman

I agree with Murphy's assessment of this movie.

Why Hoffman and Keener constantly choose movie roles that portray copious minutes of bland staring, inferring who knows what but some deep, sinister internal plot only the character would know of is beyond me. Capote is one more staring session with little or no clue to tell us who this man really was?

Did he become obsessed with the prisoner for three years without knowing the how's or why's of the murder? Was he revolted when he found out?

Lots of gravy and no real ingredients made this a very weak movie for me.

Sep 8 - 04:38 PM

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