Bennett Miller

Blandy McBlanderson.

Capote (2005) -- Although Truman Capote himself helped change the nature of bestsellers by showing that nonfiction could be told as interestingly as fiction, this fictionalized nonfiction movie is kind of dull.  In the end, there's not much of a point in telling this story, other than showing that Capote was self-centered.  And as much as I love Phillip Seymour Hoffman, this is one of those cases where the "acting" is really just finding some hook (in this case, the funny voice and mannerisms), the kind that the Academy Awards enjoy--just like Tom Hanks with Forrest Gump or Billy Bob Thornton with Sling Blade.  Not to say that I didn't like Hoffman in this movie.  I did, and he was maybe the best thing about it, but it was a role I could have played too.  Anyone can do a funny voice.  Bennett Miller's first-time directing was bland as shit, and the music by Mychael Danna was even more average: the annoying piano music so often found in these "serious," "adult" movies.  There are good things to be said about the movie too.  It does keep your attention for the most part and is enjoyable enough, but it mostly feels like any other average movie that takes itself so seriously that everyone else does so as well. C

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