Truman Capote's audacity to develop a non-fiction state-of-the-nation crime novel was ground-breaking in the 1960s, even if conjecture remained regarding the reliability of some deductions. Complete objectivity is almost impossible, even within non-fiction. This accompanying adaptation transcends its 40s noir influence with the potency of caustic realism. Indispensable alongside Seymour Hoffman's role as 'Capote'.
An excellent accompaniment piece to Anatomy of a Murder. Both deal with American crime and justice with a objective factual eye, but In Cold Blood elevates itself to becoming a meditation on an entire nation. With some beautiful high contrast shots America becomes a strangely dystopian world, inhabited by two crooks indebted and plagued by their motherland. A fascinating character and country study.
Not engaged by this films first quarter but slowly drawn in and by the final third found it compelling. The title is of course ambiguous referring to murders committed by the individuals and the state which the film doesn't really tackle. Great performances though and direction. 3.5.
As Mubi says: Blake's performance, the cinematography... A big shout out has to go to the editing too, which is great. I found some of the music portentous and the family a bit saccharine, but the ambiguity of the killers' relationship with each other saved the film from being trite and moralistic. This is too obvious, but it would make a lovely double bill with Capote.
Superbly crafted and balanced film, an arresting, atmospheric, often brutal pursuit across American locales. The cinematography is stunning, with the high-contrast resolution and lighting making every frame as deeply captivating as a document of 60's Americana in its own right. Add to that Quincy Jones' evocative, timeless score and you have an impeccably shot, arresting and haunting piece of cinema.