Capote

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Directed By: Bennett Miller
Rated: Rated R for language, violence and disturbing imagery

Final Grade:

I enjoyed Capote enough to suggest that you check it out as a rental or on TV sometime. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is outstanding as writer Truman Capote as he digs for the truth about the Kansas murders of the Clutter family. The problem is, this slow moving character drama is just that, slow moving. The big draw of the film to me was the actual murders and the the chilling retelling of them by the accused Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.). However this tale has been told before in an earlier film, “In Cold Blood” which was based off of the book that Capote is writing in this film.

What I was amazed to learn was that while Capote was an interesting person, Capote came off as such an arrogant snob. Many scenes Hoffman showed the true nature of Capote’s arrogance. Scenes where he tells people how his unfinished book is “going to be so good that when he thinks about it he can hardly breathe” an scenes where he mocks someone about an abstract painting shows the audience how much Capote thought he was “so more far advanced” than the people around him. If that was how the real Capote was, Hoffman did an excellent job, yet I never until now realized how much I hated Capote the writer!

The Verdict:
This film is worth a view for a strong performance by Hoffman worthy of Oscar nods and for the chilling tale of the Kansas Clutter murders. However if you want to just know more about the murders alone, check out “In cold Blood.” One of the murder’s in that film is Robert Blake. If nothing else, that should at least make you chuckle a little bit.

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