Capote – review

Finally getting around to reviewing Capote, which I saw with Laura last Friday.

I shouldn’t compare the two, but I liked it better than Good Night, and Good Luck. There was an actual story here, about factual occurances, just like In Cold Blood. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is the best actor that I know working today. Although the characters he plays could all come from the same, insane family, he plays them all with such passion. He sinks into his characters. It’s amazing to watch.

I must admit that I know nothing about Truman Capote. I’d heard of In Cold Blood, but I’ve never read it. Yeah, yeah–some English major. But we’re discussing the film here. Despite his annoying voice and selfish motives, Hoffman’s Capote is hilarious. He’s faulted and it’s relieving that he was not sainted in a biopic.

Catherine Keener as Nelle Harper Lee is marvelous as well. She looks plain and smart and her relationship with Capote looks like every other straight girl-gay man friendship, except she’s far from the typical fag hag. She’s Capote’s respected right-hand lady. She’s the one who can tell Capote he’s being a selfish prick when he’s barely paying attention to his lover.

Acting is the main reason why Capote is great. But the writing deserves recognition as well. I did fall behind early on (for some reason I didn’t catch on that Capote was befriending the criminals), but I guess that was my fault since Sassy didn’t have that problem.

Anyway, it’s 8 out of 10 stars for sure. Highly recommended.

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    • Laura
    • November 8th, 2005 10:18pm

    PSH the best actor working today?
    His performance in Captoe was amazing, but I wouldn’t go that far.

    I really enjoyed Chris Cooper’s performance as well. Understated and emotional. Loved it.

    P.S. It’s weird when you refer to me as “Sassy,” if only because I’ve known you “in real life” first, and for quite some time.

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