Thursday, 30 August 2018

Capote (2005)

It feels great to share another review with you all and I hope we are all doing great!

Cheers to another movie night!

I watched Capote last week and I don't exactly know why I didn't watch this one earlier.

The movie, as the title suggests, is about Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany's, yes we remember that one) and the period during which he wrote his most sensational book "In Cold Blood".

It has been directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball) based on the book written by Gerald Clarke. It is amazing, has been captured in detail (with little to no background score) and the best part, of course, is Philip Seymour Hoffman.

If only we could have more of his performances, I swear!

The movie shows the time in Truman Capote's life when he comes to know about the murder of a farm family in Kansas and calls up The New Yorker (magazine) to tell that he wants to write about it. The movie is about what follows, the incidents, struggles, Truman Capote's cunning, and expertise as a writer that turn a story into a complete book.

Harper Lee (played by Catherine Keener) was a lifelong friend with Capote so you get to see her part, as well, in making things easier for Capote. There is no mystery and many of us might already know the story, but watch this one for the beauty of story telling and the phenomena that Hoffman was, and will continue to be. Apart from Hoffman, I would say that the direction is in line with the camera work. There are shots where you don't see a zoom-in to state the obvious but a wide shot which actually lets you paint the image you want and get your own perspective. I would hate to describe the scenes and spill the beans here, but there is one in particular where a running train has been captured from such a distance that you will be left wondering if at all its a train, but then, you get the time to contemplate the story.

Although I know the post is about the movie, I still can't stop myself from mentioning another one of Hoffman's immaculate performance in DOUBT. Doubt is like a cream of performances with Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and Amy Adams in the cast. Watch these two movies and I am sure you will be able to understand the depth of the art and the impression it leaves.

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