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Director: Douglas McGrath
Starring: Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sigourney Weaver
RunTime: 118 mins
Genre: Drama
Rating: M18 (Some Mature Content)

Sometimes, it’s all about timing.

Released after the Oscar winning Capote where Phillip Seymour Hoffman walked away with the Best Actor, Infamous would always be seen as the second fiddle. Although I personally preferred Hoffman’s performance which was sharper and colder, Toby Jones (last seen in Painted Veil) does a credible job playing the eccentric and effeminate Truman Capote.

Also, Infamous came right smack in the middle of blockbuster sequels, seemed doomed to its fate despite its recognized cast. Among which are Sandra Bullock who plays the his lifelong friend and famous author Nelle Harper Lee (To Kill a Mocking Bird), and Bond Daniel Craig as the torn murderer Perry Smith.

Same two stories. Two different treatments. While Capote was dark and intense, Infamous felt more real with its emotional struggles and documentary styled treatment. The relationship of Truman Capote and Perry Smith became a lot clearer with this

If the witty lines are not enough, you should just watch for the emotional rise and collapse of the author with the highest IQ in America. With thought provoking themes centering around relationship and self, I did walk out of the cinema feeling heavy and disturbed.

Infamous – Different from the last, but just as good, if not better.

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