This is basically an acting tour de force, with Philip Seymour Hoffman playing Truman Capote with such skill that youd swear you were in the room with the most wittily self-absorbed, flamboyantly gay, literary bon-vivant since Oscar Wilde went straight. Hoffman, though, cant do it alone
well, he probably could, and that would be an interesting one-man show. But here, theres a chance for the attitudes of the other characters to enrich the portrait of Capote, and Bruce Greenwood does this so well that he becomes almost invisible. He plays Capotes lover, Jack Dunphy, and its an intense performance that defines supporting actor. Without Greenwoods Dunphy, Hoffmans Capote would mean something else entirely. Same goes for Catherine Keener in her portrayal of Capotes best friend, Nelle Harper Lee (better known as Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird
.) The three of them combine to produce one of the richest filmed portraits ever. The story, about Capotes emotional breakdown while writing In Cold Blood
, is gravely compelling, so theres no reason you shouldnt be going to see this, unless youre afraid of little bald men who talk funny.