The late Phillip Seymour Hoffman portrays one of America’s greatest literary novelists, Truman Capote in the film Capote and delivers an amazing performance. His greatest achievement “In Cold Blood” was an instant success. Probably Hoffman’s greatest performances ever.
Movie Title: Capote
Directed by: Bennett Miller
Screenplay By: Dan Futterman
Director of Photography: Adam Kimmel
Original Music By: Mychael Danna
US Release Date: September 30, 2005
Run time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Average Film Score: 9.21
Phillip Seymour Hoffman has always been one of my absolute favorite actors ever since I first saw the movie Twister. Hoffman played an overweight and insanely rambunctious tornado chaser and after watching the movie only once I knew he was going places. I decided to do this review on Capote due to the fact that we lost one of America’s greatest actors today. I was saddened to hear the news just after coming home from a Super Bowl Party and felt I owed it to Mr. Hoffman to review one of his best performances.
Capote is based on the real life figurehead, Truman Capote and his struggles as he writes the novel, In Cold Blood. The movie is not completely based on Capote’s life but more on the drama around writing this novel. In Cold Blood focuses on the murders of a Farmer, his Wife and two of their four children. When Capote hears about the grisly crime, he feels it is his duty to America and the World to research, document and release a true accounting of the murders from witnesses and ultimately the killers themselves.
The whole ordeal took Capote about 6 years to write and during the writing process he was constantly going through different struggles of his own life. The novel eventually became the greatest crime novel ever written and is still recognized to this day to be so. The acting was phenomenal from pretty much the entire cast but the greats in Capote were Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Mark Pellegrino, Catherine Keener, Bruce Greenwood & Clifton Collins Jr.
The directing and cinematography was awesome and the music was, at times dark and sad but also eerily playful and gave the movie that extra feeling of dread as Capote was doing his research. I loved also how Hoffman had the look and feel of Truman Capote. I’ve watched some documentaries on Capote and the way Hoffman pulls it off is brilliant. It is no wonder he received the award for Best Actor.
Best line in the film:
Truman Capote (Phillip Seymour Hoffman): “Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged, because of the way I am, the way I talk. And they’re always wrong.”
- Directing: 9.2
- Set Direction: 9.3
- Costume Design and/or Direction: 9.3
- Music: 9.2
- Lead Actors: 9.8
- Supporting Actors: 9.4
- Cinematography: 9.2
- Sound: 8.5
- Effects: 9
- Story: 9.2
Average Film Score: 9.21