What’s most interesting about this movie is how slow and casual it is. It’s very matter-of-fact, which works very well. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who’s an extremely gifted actor, makes a very difficult character seem downright easy. It takes a bit of time for performance (particularly the voice) to feel normal while watching the movie, but that’s OK, because one of the most notable things about Truman Capote was his voice and mannerisms. This movie is all about conflict in motivation, and Hoffman makes all sides of the character work perfectly. The supporting cast in the film is top notch. I have to be amused with the wide variety of roles that Catherine Keener shows up in, typically in widely diverse movies. Chris Cooper is starting to make a career out of roles where he’s featured at the end of the main credits with “And Chris Cooper.” Bruce Greenwood and Bob Balaban turn in equally wonderful performances, portraying characters that don’t stray AT ALL from a very casual presence in the film. Capote is one of those somewhat eccentric people who seems surrounded by very normal, grounded people. The story of the film is very simple. The point of the movie is the character of Capote, and the conflict he gets himself into. It’s fascinating watching him be both caring and completely manipulative with another character – both of which are truly genuine. Production on the film is equally simple and straight-forward, from the cinematography to the steady-paced editing to Mychael Danna’s simple and effective score.