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December 20, 2015
An excellent performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman bolsters a forgettable biopic.
October 24, 2015
An actor lucky enough to find a role that works as a pure culmination of his versatile talents is a man cinema has been fortunate to find. A role of such caliber only comes but once in a lifetime, as evidenced by Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs," Robert De Niro in "Raging Bull," or Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Truman Capote is Philip Seymour Hoffman's Hannibal Lecter, Jake LaMotta, Stephen Hawking. It is one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema, not just a performance but also an embodiment, a resurrection. It reminds us why Hoffman's premature death is the most tragic loss of a major talent in the studio system as of late.
Truman Capote himself (1924-1984), by comparison, was also a victim of his own inner demons. A literary genius, he published his first acclaimed work, the short story "Miriam," at the age of 21; he went on to write classic novels such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood," maintaining a close relationship with the glitz of Hollywood in the process. He was a great storyteller, a great party guest, and an even greater of a personality - I recall Lauren Bacall detailing just how fascinating of a figure he was in her memoir, how much Bogie adored spending time with him. His girlish voice, homosexual flamboyance, and immense self-interest was forgivable in a conservative time period because he was so much larger-than-life than everyone around him.
2005's "Capote" is a tremendously adept biopic that takes place during the tumultuous years in which the author was writing the seminal "In Cold Blood," a true crime novel that told the story of a pair of murderers who heinously massacred a family in rural Kansas. What began as a New York Times article interested in analyzing the effects the murders had on the small town turned into something greater as Capote found himself increasingly compelled to tell a larger tale, eventually becoming so close with the criminals themselves that he even began to fall in love with one of them (Clifton Collins Jr.).
At the heart of the film is Capote's captivating relationships with "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), his romantic partner, Jack Dunphy (Bruce Greenwood), his editor (Bob Balaban), and one of the murderers, Perry Smith, and the toll the writing of the novel took on his personal life.
While many biopics are so bent on their central portrayal that they forget to make an affecting film, "Capote," finely directed by Bennett Miller, is so uniformly excellent because it is surrounded by performances that widen the crevasse "In Cold Blood" dug up during its conception. Involved individuals such as Lee and Smith are crucial - Lee represents Capote's life before the book, grounded and intellectual, Smith acting as the detour to his more disturbed self, his writing talents coming second to an eclair of self-doubt and a piling of regret.
Capote's tug-of-war of emotions is best shown during and after scenes of him entertaining party guests. With his constant cravings for attention, he is the best partygoer you'll ever meet, telling one unbelievable story after the next. But soon after you meet a man who appears to consist only of confidence edged genetics, there is a crash, a moment when he has to confront the person he has become. His love for Smith is the peak of his psychological battle. He doesn't want to be in love with a murderer, but he can't help it. He hates himself for it. He knows the only way he'll stumble across some sort of closure will be the execution of "In Cold Blood"'s central figures. It was the last novel he ever published.
As Capote, Hoffman is endlessly brilliant. Watch any interview from the writer and you'll see an original, an eccentric no one in the world could possible emulate. To play him would risk caricaturization. But Hoffman, so detail oriented and nuanced, becomes the man. Never does his recognizable deep, fatherly voice slip out, his oft prominent mouth-breathing - he is Capote, through and through. Even if the film were the kind to pay too much attention to its leading actor, we still would be mesmerized. It's a wonder that it feels so full, so true.
September 28, 2015
Shit Philip Seymour Hoffman...why'd you have to leave us so soon?
September 27, 2015
Amazing acting. the character is dubious.
August 24, 2015
Eccentric, enigmatic performance about an eccentric, enigmatic man. Superbly done from many cinematic standpoints. My only qualm is it takes away any interest I had in seeing "In Cold Blood" as I feel like I already got the whole story, and then some. Admittedly though, this movie was not primarily intended for people who hadn't yet seen the nearly-50-year-old classic.
August 20, 2015
Well made and produced but it's Hoffman's Capote that take the cake.
August 10, 2015
Very strong movie. The hanging scene is brutal. It might turn you against capital punishment then and there. This is a long nuanced movie. I didn't know it was filmed in Winnipeg. I've never been there even though I lived on the prairies. Hoffman displays moments of true genius in this film. The scene near the end when he confronts the condemned men -- he wanted them to die because he needed a resolution for his book.
August 8, 2015
"More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones."
½ August 5, 2015
Capote is a very interesting character study. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was great, perfectly capturing the mannerisms of the famous author. The story Is very interesting, telling the story of an author who got caught up in the research for his new book based on true events of a family murdered in Kansas. It's a well written and well acted movie, with some emotionally effective scenes, the central bond that grows between Capote and one of the murderers is great. The cinematography Is very good as well. The movie is a bit slow and oddly structured at times though. It won't change your perspective on anything or warrant a rewatch, but it's a very well made film. Capote gets 3.5/5 stars (B).
½ July 13, 2015
While Bennett Miller's cold yet well constructed biopic may only scratch the surface of Truman Capote's psyche, Phillip Seymour Hoffman guides it to become something rather fascinating, nuanced and insightful of the sacrifice to his emotional wellbeing and self respect that was required for the author to write his final masterwork.
July 13, 2015
Phillip Seymour Hoffman is absolutely outstanding as Truman Capote, the story was interesting but his portrayal of the famous writer was spellbinding.
July 12, 2015
Capote is an extraordinary picture of Capote's life that portrays his intensity as an artist and as a person, without leaving aside the crimes that inspired him to wrote his best selling book.

This film directed by the great Bennet Miller and written by Dan Futterman follows the period between 1959 to 1965, since at a farm in Kansas, a family friend discovers the dead bodies of four members of the Clutter family, until the american writter publishes his true crime novel "In Cold Blood".

On November 16, 1959, The New York Times published an account of the murders, which began:

Holcomb, Kan., Nov. 15 [1959] A wealthy wheat farmer, his wife and their two young children were found shot to death today in their home. They had been killed by shotgun blasts at close range after being bound and gagged ... There were no signs of a struggle, and nothing had been stolen. The telephone lines had been cut.

That account caught the attention of Truman Capote and his friend Harper Lee, so he called The New Yorker magazine editor William Shawn to tell him that he plans to document the tragedy. When the police catch criminals, he started to enterview them. As time goes on Capote created a bond of friendship with one of the murder, Perry Smith. This situation brings the writer a sense of guilt and confusion in his life.

The performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman is excellent and impeccable, it denote that he work a lot on the character, you will see Truman Capote in the 114 minutes running time. Also i have to say that Catherine Keener is not bad in her role of Harper Lee, the writter of "To Kill a Mokingbird".

This is the good way to make a biopic, emotional and with feelings this film show the important moments of one of the most talented American writers of the twentieth century.
July 6, 2015
Masterful work by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
½ June 11, 2015
I haven't seen this movie and I don't like it as much already as never back down beat down edition. If you pansies are looking for a sophisticated artwork then you need to get yourself away from this pretentious piece and go look at some teenagers struggling with hormones and hitting each other.
½ June 6, 2015
Philip Seymore Hoffman's career defining role as the famous writer helps the film over come it's slow moments.
½ June 1, 2015
There's a sense of the titular author as someone on the precipice of polite society and the ugly side of things, in different ways out of place in either situation, but perhaps intuitively sympathetic toward those in the latter.
½ May 26, 2015
It was slow, it was boring, and though it may be a true story so it's hard to change, it was weird. It fames Capote as creepy and supportive of murderers without showing intent to think it wrong of him. The one good thing I can say is Seymour Hoffman's excellent performance, but otherwise I hated this film. (66%)
May 20, 2015
Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives a specatacular performance as author Truman Capote.
½ April 3, 2015
Qué pena que este hombre no nos vaya a deleitar más con sus actuaciones. Qué excelencia la suya en esta película...
January 25, 2015
Hoffman really captured the Creepy Little Guy
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