Wednesday, March 08, 2006


cast: philip seymour hoffman, catherine keener, clifton collins jr., chris cooper, bruce greenwood

first of all, i’d like to express my sincerest and warmest congratulations to philip seymour hoffman for winning the 2006 academy award for best actor for his portrayal of truman capote in the movie “capote”. i do so in the off-chance that he may honor us by browsing thru our infamous blog.

i’ve always been a fan of philip’s work – from “scent of a woman” to “patch adams” to “boogie nights” to “the big lebowski”. it’s frustrating to see him limited to playing minor and sometimes even villainous roles. the first time i saw him in a lead role was when he played opposite robert deniro in “flawless” – the film that may have served to be the turning point of his career as he was able to show everyone that he could carry the weight of an entire movie in his shoulders. thankfully, philip’s peers finally gave him his much deserved recognition in “capote” – a true to life account of truman capote’s struggles and heart-aching journey towards the completion of his book, “in cold blood”, the very book that endeared him to the american people.

philip playing capote, a famous writer gave the film a high i.q. feel. the presence of capote’s friend , confidante and sidekick, harper lee (catherine keener) who is also a writer (“to kill a mockingbird”) made the film feel even more intellectual. it’s like your teacher asking you to watch an educational film but there is no pressure to understand the details as you will not be asked to submit a tedious term paper nor will you be tested on it. the teacher’s goal in making you watch the movie is simply to build your self-esteem and make you “feel” smart.

like i mentioned above, the movie relates the events surrounding capote’s writing of “in cold blood”, a book which he considers a non-fiction novel. the star of capote’s book is a real-life murderer who he constantly visits and interviews in prison so as to have a firm grasp of the killer’s nefarious mind. the criminal’s date of execution continuously gets postponed due to numerous court appeals so he and capote develop an unlikely friendship in the meantime.

i don’t feel like i’m telling the story interestingly so i’m going to stop there. besides, the story only plays second fiddle to philip’s acting. one watches this movie to see philip (and maybe catherine). seeing philip act is a delight. even though this film may be considered too serious to be entertaining, philip nevertheless keeps you engrossed. this is definitely not a movie you watch over and over again but you don’t have to as philip has other movies.

despite earning the academy award for best actor, it might be another long wait before philip has another starring role so i’m going to seize the day and give this movie …

5 of 5 stars * * * * *
king philip reigns supreme!

1 comment:

rob said...

For some reason, I always remembered Philip Seymour Hoffman's characters in the movie, they stood out, especially his small roles in Scent of a Woman, Patch Adams, and The Big Lebowski. Maybe what I like about him is that he doesn't look like an actor, he looks like an ordinary person which makes the movie he appears in more lifelike and realistic.

I thought he was a bit too tense and a little uptight in the Oscar awards though. What I don't like to happen is for him to start acting like an actor. He should realize that what makes him a great actor is his natural ability to play everyday roles. He loses his advantage if he starts "acting".

I was rooting for Paul Giamatti and Amy Adams to win the supporting acting awards. Alas, maybe next year.