Capote (2005) Review

Truman Capote a writer is intrigued when he learns of a murder of a family in Kansas, that he decides to write some articles for the newspaper he works for, but he is inspired to write a book about it all instead.

We quickly see that Capote is a very popular man and constantly has people around him, the writer of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and having a lot of hollywood based “friends”. He does seem like he loves the attention and can be the life and soul of a party. Still very close with his childhood friend and partner when it comes to research in Neale Harper Lee.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman is fantastic in this film, you cannot help but be surprised every single time he speaks. As while he still looks like himself, he sounds totally different. Capote did have a very unique voice it seems and in all honesty at times it was quite difficult to take him seriously, but then you realise how much of a serious man he was.

The film spans over 4/5 years as the case and death sentence on Perry and Dick. For some reason Capote wants to try to help them. This is as he gets to know them, but more so with Perry. He seems to fall in love with him. It is a very strange relationship and quite difficult to watch in the sense as the viewer we just see Perry as a murderer no matter what he tells Capote.

I liked the pace of the film as it moved along nicely with different events happening to show the change in time period. We go from Harper Lee writing and finishing her novel which becomes ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ then the film premiere. I must have totally missed something early on in the film as until a title of a novel with Mockingbird was mentioned I did not realise that it was Harper Lee. Yes very poor background knowledge shown with that admission! But in all fairness I did not know hardly anything about Capote.

Sometimes I think it is really good to watch a biographical film when you do not know anything or hardly anything about the person. As not only do you watch a film you get to learn something as well, I mean I know they aren’t always spot on with the facts but I am sure you get the gist of what I mean.

This film will make you want to read the finished book from Capote and see what he managed to put together in such difficult circumstances. It was pretty much destroying him as he put together the research behind the book and getting to know the two men. It keeps you in suspense for finding out the final act, and why they actually killed the family that night. I will admit that I was starting to think that maybe they did not actually do it. That was the way in which I thought it was going, they consumed Capote.

Throughly deserved best actor win for Seymour Hoffman and has made me respect him as an actor even more after watching this film.

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