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Though comparisons with last year's Capote may be inevitable, Infamous takes a different angle in its depiction of the author, and stands up well enough on its own.
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This worthy second biopic of Truman Capote starts not with a bloodbath, but a cocktail.
To recreate the gossipy Manhattan arena that Capote navigated with such ease and documented with such malice, you need dialogue that rings like scatter-shot and the film's script, written by its director Douglas McGrath, doesn't have it.
British actor Toby Jones plays Capote and certainly looks the part -- more so than Hoffman. It's a very good performance and Jones deserves his time in the spotlight.
Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?
All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here.
Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things.
The diminutive Jones was born to play Capote and his inimitable interpretation of the writer is every bit as good as Hoffman's. Unfortunately the film contains an all-star cast of rare anaemia.
There's a breeziness to the storytelling, one that delights in the tale rather than succumbing to its gravity-but that also works against it.
The other-and possibly greater-Capote pic about the geneiss of In Cold Blood
Better than Capote
Toby Jones' uncanny portrayal of the short, effeminate writer with the funny voice, gives the film its credibility and compassion.
Only Sandra Bullock shines as Harper Lee.
Toby Jones is truly great here, even though overshadowed by Philip Seymour Hoffman's fantastic performance in the far superior Capote (the comparison is inevitable), but this film suffers from many terrible documentary-like statements that explain what we can easily see.
Really good. Really well done. Really moving...Too many people compared this movie to Phillip Seymour Hoffman's movie. Not really fair, because it is taken from a different viewpoint entirely. Toby Jones is more convincing as Truman than Hoffman (and I am a very big fan of Hoffman). By the end of this movie, I was left with a heavy heart for Truman...
Having seen In Cold Blood (1967) and Capote (2005) I thought I knew what to expect from yet another film treatment of Truman's novel. Infamous, however, was a pleasant surprise. This one brought to light a little more of Capote's terrific sense of humor and a slightly different perspective on his emotional entanglement with convicted murderer Perry Smith.
If Infamous is overlooked and underrated it has only Philip Seymour Hoffman to blame. Very bad timing for a pretty good film.
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