The Bottom Line
- Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a great performance as Truman Capote
- Film is a memorable character study based on fictionalized version of famous historical figure
- Movie is about a writer losing his humanity in his ruthless pursuit of art and fame
- Film doesn't have a strong narrative drive
- Protagonist is not likable and movie is very downbeat (could be a pro)
- Some claim film misrepresents the real-life Capote and his problems
- DVD containing biopic Capote (2005) about writer Truman Capote
- Philip Seymour Hoffman won Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in title role
- Movie nominated for 4 additional Oscars: Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actress
- DVD contains commentary by director Bennett Miller and lead actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
- DVD also has 2nd commentary track, this one with director and cinematographer
- DVD contains 7-minute featurette on Truman Capote
- DVD has 2 behind-the-scenes documentaries with total running time of about 36 minutes
- MPAA Rating: R for some violent images and brief strong language
- Feature run time: 1 hour 54 minutes
- DVD release date: March 21, 2006
Guide Review - Capote DVD
Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant performance in the title role of Capote won him the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the movie was nominated for four additional Oscars: Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener). The film is a biopic covering the years of Truman Capote's life when he was researching and writing his 1966 book In Cold Blood, which centers around the 1959 murders of a rural Kansas family.
One of my favorite kinds of movie is the character study, and Capote is an outstanding example of the type. I was impressed with Hoffman's ability to capture the famous writer's fey mannerisms and whiny voice, but that's only part of what was required of the film's lead actor. In the movie, Capote is a narcissistic genius who lies and ruthlessly manipulates people in his quest to create great art and achieve international fame. But despite having to play an unlikable character, Hoffman manages to make him not altogether unsympathetic. Capote gets what he wants, but according to the film, he pays a high price.
The Capote DVD comes with two audio commentary tracks, and director Bennett Miller is on both of them. On one he is paired with lead actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, while on the other Miller is joined by cinematographer Adam Kimmel. The DVD also contains a seven-minute featurette on the real-life Capote and two behind-the-scenes documentaries, each roughly 18 minutes in length.