I got a call from the roomate last night asking that I make myself scarce for a couple of hours. Without much time to plan, I decided to catch a movie. Looking at the local independant theater, I saw that both Capote and Good night and Good luck were playing. I decided to go see Capote since it started sooner. By the time I got there I had 40 minutes to kill. I ran over to Matsu to have some dinner. I got out of there just in time to run back to the theater. I get there with enough time to hit the restroom, buy a drink and a cookie and find a seat before the previews were over. The theater was crowded. One of the benefits of seeing a movie by yourself is that you don't have to look for two seats together. I managed to find a seat near the back where I didn't have to player musical armrests with the people sitting next to me. After a couple of previews, the movie starts.
I just have to say that this is by far the best movie I've seen this year. I realize that we are entering oscar whoring season, but I think Philip Seymore Hoffman is amazing in this picture. You watch as Capote is sucked into the world of one of the killers. It happens very inocuously, but eventually leaves Capote seeing himself in the killer. You also see the enotional toll that it takes on him as he ultimately betrays the friendship of the killer in order to find his own peace. The movie sure doesn't paint Kansas as a pretty place. Scenes from Garden City and Lansing are both very bleak, but that may not be too far from the truth. In all this was an amazing movie. I could see Hoffman winning an Oscar for his role in this movie and the movie itself is ultimately Oscar worthy as well.