Truman Capote: If I leave here without understanding you, the world will see you as a monster. Always. And I don't want that.
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.