Quick Review of Infamous

October 13, 2006

Infamous is another telling of how celebrated author Truman Capote came to write "In Cold Blood"; this was made at the same time as Capote, but released a year later. Infamous starts off with an odd but lively scene with Gwyneth Paltrow singing in a nightclub - her one-scene cameo appearance gets the film off and moving. This take on the murder investigation and Capote's night life isn't perfect or subtle, but Toby Jones' great performance as Capote is a remarkable feat. The film is playful and funny, as well as dark and unsettling. The use of onscreen character interviews doesn't work; it's useful to pile on exposition but they temporarily halt the narrative flow.

Sandra Bullock is miscast in a pivotal role, the same one Catherine Keener was Oscar-nominated for in Capote. Hope Davis and Sigourney Weaver add warmth to their supporting turns as Capote's socialite "swans," unlike Isabella Rossellini, in a part so minor she barely appears in the film. Jeff Daniels is also especially appealing as an unlikely ally of Capote. Daniel Craig makes a stunning transformation as killer Perry Smith and his scenes with Jones are compelling. The tone changes from frothy comedy to stark chilliness and yet it somehow works, mostly because Jones' take on Capote grows from cartoonishly flamboyant to complex and endearing. His performance grew on me and the film, while flawed, is more entertaining and affecting than you'd expect.

Find more posts: Movie Reviews

Discover more around the web:

Reader Feedback - 0 Comments

No comments posted yet.

Sorry, new comments are no longer allowed.




Alex's Top 10 - 2019
1. Parasite
2. Last Black Man SF
3. The Lighthouse
4. Marriage Story
5. The Specials
6. Blinded by Light
7. Long Shot
8. Uncut Gems
9. For Sama
10. A Beautiful Day
Click Here for Thoughts

Adam's Top 10 - 2019
1. Parasite
2. Once Upon a Time
3. Avengers: Endgame
4. The Farewell
5. Knives Out
6. Rise of Skywalker
7. Peanut Butter Falcon
8. Little Women
9. 1917
10. The Irishman
Click Here for Thoughts


Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the latest posts only, follow this acct:

Add FS to your Feedly updates: click here