Since I came back from China, I have watched four movies within the period of a week. Which comes up to one movie every other day.
First, there was Infamous, starring Tobey Jones as Truman Capote and Sandra Bullock as Lee Harper. It was an excellent film and as expected, it would be compared with Capote, the Oscar-nominated film last year.
I did not watch Capote, but from reviews online, Infamous is better. The latter is funnier and more light-hearted, and the gayness and flamboyance of Capote was more obvious.
Capote was always made fun of in the movie and mistaken as a women, which he took in his stride with witty comebacks.
Capote: May I speak to Mr Dewey please?
Secretary: I'm sorry, but Mr Dewey doesn't speak to strange women.
Capote: Who are you calling strange?
When Capote was visiting Perry Smith in prison, one of the prisoners shouted from his cell, "Come suck my cock." Capote replied, "Well I would love to, if you can get your thing through the bars."
If you are familiar with Capote, who wrote the famous book In Cold Blood, which was described as fictionalised non-fiction, he bonded and developed feelings for one of the murderers on death row, Perry Smith (played by Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond).
Capote and Smith actually shared an on-screen kiss, and it elicited an audible "Ughh!" from someone in the audience.
I was thinking, "That definitely has to be a straight guy."
Like, you don't see me going "Ughh!" when I see a straight couple kissing.
Anyway, it was a very good film and showed the gay side of Capote which was not explicitly shown in the earlier Capote movie. The director, Douglas McGrath says that his interpretation results from trying to understand why Capote's writing career faded after In Cold Blood. A principal source of material for the movie, contained an account in which someone pointed out that Capote bribed prison guards to stay away so that he and Smith could have sex.
I doubt this movie would be shown in Malaysia.
In short, it was fun, flamboyant and fabulous. Four stars out of five.
IMDB rating: 7.4 / 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 7 / 10