Yes Philip Seymour Hoffman did a great job and portrayed Capote extremely well, and apart from the supporting cast and the good acting everything else is poor in my opinion!
I don't think i like Truman Capote at all he needed a smack in my opinion and there was no way you can feel sympathy for the murderers even if they were being used by the writer as they did a horrible crime for so little money!
I did like the line where PSH is on the phone to Harper Lee and he says 'There was nothing more he could have done' and Harper Lee replies 'That may have been the case but in all honesty you didn't really want to' i thought that was really interesting it certainly shows you the true character of Capote and it makes you wonder and question whether hes any better than the guys he condemmed to death !
Philip did great as did the rest of the cast, movie was boring, slow and annoying.
Capote is a slow moving, quiet and totally engrossing film that shows how Truman Capote came to write In Cold Blood. We watch him go to great extents to write the book. He talks to everyone who was somewhat touched by the murders. Then he gets close to the actual murderers and ends up spending a great deal of time with them up until their eventual hangings.
Really when describing Capote all you need to say are three words; Philip Seymour Hoffman. The guy is amazing, as always, but this is the best work I have ever seen from him. He becomes Capote in just about every conceivable way. His performance in Capote is career defining. It is definitely what he should be remembered for most. The movie also features an extremely underrated actress Catherine Keener as Harper Lee. Keener is always an extreme joy to watch and her presence in this movie is no exception.
What I really liked about the movie was just how soft spoken it was, just like Capote. It doesn't do anything to excite the viewer, but just quietly walks us through Truman's work. The film is beautifully shot and has a quiet, hypnotizing score. It is just beautifully and brilliantly made on every front, but it isn't for the type of person who only likes movies that are action packed.
The movie is a must watch if you are a fan of Capote or Hoffman. It is an amazing look at an amazing writer as he worked his way through his most famous and critically praised work of his career.
A related knock against biopics as a whole: is anyone else tired of the "this will really change [hero's metier] forever" line in this kind of movie? I know, I know, it's filmic hindsight, some kind of dramatic irony that allows the audience to say "hey, that's right, it _did_ change...", but can you actually imagine sitting in a room with Truman Capote (or Ray Charles, or Johnny Cash, or Muhammad Ali, etc.) and actually talking about how great he is? It seems like the most pompous conversation in the world... anyway, my rant, Capote is good for a biopic.
The creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s -- and the impact the writing and research would have on its author -- is explored in this drama based on a true story. In 1959, Truman Capote (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) was a critically acclaimed novelist who had earned a small degree of celebrity for his work when he read a short newspaper item about a multiple murder in a small Kansas town. For some reason, the story fascinated Capote, and he asked William Shawn (Bob Balaban), his editor at The New Yorker, to let him write a piece about the case. Capote had long believed that in the right hands, a true story could be molded into a tale as compelling as any fiction, and he believed this event, in which the brutal and unimaginable was visited upon a community where it was least expected, could be just the right material. Capote traveled to Kansas with his close friend Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), herself becoming a major literary figure with the success of To Kill a Mockingbird, and while Capote's effete and mannered personal style stuck out like a sore thumb in Kansas, in time he gained the trust of Alvin Dewey (Chris Cooper), the Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent investigating the murder of the Clutter family, and with his help Capote's magazine piece grew into a full-length book. Capote also became familiar with the petty criminals who killed the Clutter family, Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) and Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.), and in Smith he found a troubling kindred spirit more like himself than he wanted to admit. After attaining a sort of friendship with Smith under the assumption that the man would be executed before the book was ever published, Capote finds himself forced to directly confront the moral implications of his actions with regards to both his role in the man's death, and the way that he would be remembered.
"Capote" is a fantastic film...smart, superb photography, and most enjoyable, Capote himself. I can't say that I've seen a more haunting and comical performance this year. The pace of the film is strikingly fast but that is to be expected with the time-frame conveyed. One of my favorite elements of this film was the coloring, whether it was the cityscape of New York or rural Kansas. The palette used to depict the wheat fields was utterly striking. It's as if the color is a representation of the despair of that small town, Holcomb.
Is it worth seeing? Yes. Did it deserve the Oscar gold and other certain accolades? Yes. Is it perfect? most definitely not. But no film is. The only regret that I felt was that I wanted more. Gerald Clarke's book is a voluminous work and it seemed as if the film came to a close too soon. Perhaps it was Hoffman's bravura performance that will be so missed.