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.