Director Douglas McGrath’s biographical drama stars Toby Jones as iconoclastic writer Truman Capote, whose literary investigation into the grisly murders of a rural Kansas family has unintended consequences.
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" America is not a country where the small gesture goes noticed. We're not a country like France, where charm -- something light or effervescent -- can survive. We want everything you have, and we want it as fast as you can turn it out."
A deeper, more thoughtful film than 'Capote'. While Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning turn was a fine impersonation, Tobey Jones' performance is more intimate, allowing viewers to feel Capote's motivations and emotions. We fully comprehend how Capote endeared himself to the residents of this Midwestern town, and fully understand the reasons behind Truman's sorrow toward Perry's death.
First, the inevitable: Toby Jones is Capote, PSH is PSH doing Capote. I prefer Infamous, overall. The greater artistry and atmosphere - as if the people are characters in a work by Capote - draws out interesting performances and human truths. Bullock's statement at the end about Harper Lee's artistry is kind of heartbreaking: "We want everything you have, and we want it as fast as you can turn it out."