Mar. 20th, 2007

Infamous

Mar. 20th, 2007 09:40 pm
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"America is not a country where the small gesture goes noticed... We want everything you have and we want it as fast as you can turn it out.

"I read in an interview with Frank Sinatra in which he said about Judy Garland, 'Every time she sings, she dies a little.' That's how much she gave. It's true for writers too, who hope to create something lasting. They die a little getting it right. And then the book comes out, and there's a dinner and maybe they give you a prize, and then comes the inevitable and very American question: What's next? But the next thing can be so hard because now you know what it demands." -- Nelle Harper Lee, Infamous


I didn't know what to expect from this movie, and after seeing Capote, I wasn't sure why this version of the story behind Capote's In Cold Blood was even made. But I had a freebie rental and a night to myself (with no House *boo!*), so I figured, what the heck.

Man, am I glad I rented this one. Even though it's based on the same events, Infamous is a drastically different movie from Capote. Infamous is about emotion, pure and simple. It's about finding humanity in a person who did an inhuman act. It's about finding love where you shouldn't.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toby Jones played Capote very differently. Oh sure, they got the mannerisms and that unique voice down pat, and both versions didn't avoid showing Capote's substantial ego, but Toby Jones' Capote is a much more sympathetic character. As much as I enjoyed Capote and thought PSH deserved the Oscar, I think it's Infamous that I'll be buying.

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