richard brooks' adaptation of "in cold blood" was more like a documentary, while miller's "capote" is a research on the writing process of capote himself... which leads to a modern masterpiece. marvelous performances by philip seymour hoffman and clifton collins jr. (he is criminally underrated as perry smith). 5/5
What an important person and an important story This story is a giant-stepping stone in the understanding of violent notions and actions, if we could further THISidea into perfct science, there would be less violence and a better understanding for one another (which would deflate hatred as well) He proved that the least little pissANT of our species is an awe to behold and in each of us is nearly insatiable passion
Epoustouflante interprétation de Philip Seymour Hoffman, fort justement récompensé par l’Oscar du meilleur acteur, qui éclipse par sa fulgurante et suave prestation l’ensemble des autres acteurs du film, perçus (à tort) comme bien pâles et plutôt quelconques, face à sa tonitruante composition... www.cinefiches.com
7/10. Despite a brilliant performance from Hoffman, I'm left to wonder at a series of enigmas: who was Truman Capote, really; what about the brutal murder story inspired him. Perhaps rendering Capote's complexities is near impossible, and we'll have to settle for the film's audacity to depict his darker characteristics--the self-centered charlatan concerned more with extracting a good story than any moral imperative.
Hoffman was such a "super-actor", one of the best performances I have ever seen in 21st century's cinema. What I have to say about the plot is that I give value to the person who turned this "simple" story in a complex drama that deals with many interesting psychological and philosophical factors of the real life.
An absolute masterpiece of character study and performance. Every facial expression, every stare, every twitch is so subtle yet builds a picture of Capote's fundamentally flawed personality. The direction understands how to bring this performance to the forefront and also films everything in a muted palette which is perfect for the source material. One of the best films of the last decade.
I went into this film after reading 'In Cold Blood' so the film is more a making of documentary about the book actually being written instead of the life of Capote himself. I would say after reading the book you get more enjoyment overall from this film. Hoffman's portrayal of the author is possibly his greatest acting performance that more than carries the film through to it's final emotional conclusion.
The size and nature of the role in a film like this means it's quality comes down to the performance, and Seymour Hoffman is perfect. He embodies Capote with such a complex inner life that the lack of detail in the narrative is irrelevant. The whole thing feels real, which is lacking in so many modern biopics. 4/5