Review: Capote (2005)

A riveting encapsulation of the creation of the landmark nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman is pitch-perfect and utterly believable as author Truman Capote. He absolutely deserves all the kudos he’s been garnering for his performance.

I was amazed that so much of this story about a writer was told without words. Long periods of silence communicate characters’ thoughts. The filmmakers are confident enough to show rather than tell the audience the internal thought process of a writer.

Great acting happens in the silences between the lines. Nowhere is that better demonstrated than here with Hoffman, Catherine Keener as Harper Lee, (Capote’s life-long friend and the author of To Kill A Mockingbird who accompanies Capote to Kansas as his research assistant), and Clifton Collins Jr. as Perry Smith, the death row murderer whose intense subject-writer relationship is at the heart of Capote.

File this one under truth is stranger than fiction. An interesting tale, extremely well told. [***** out of 5]

3 thoughts on “Review: Capote (2005)

  1. I didn’t go see it when it came to Charleston because I thought it was more about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s uncanny peformance as Capote than it was about the story.
    I’ll definitely Netflix it.
    Is “Netflix” a verb now?

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