The truth behind Truman Capote's True Crime Masterpiece IN COLD BLOOD is only the starting point for this lush, poignant, bittersweet movie about murder and redemption, loss and forgiveness, friendship and loneliness. No screen writer could have made up two characters as horrifying as real life killers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, or two characters as lovable as Truman Capote (Toby Stephens) and Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock.)
Watching the movie you may not know that Truman and "Nell" were best friends as children, or that they grew up both determined to be famous writers. The fact that they both succeeded is amazing. What's more amazing is that Sandra Bullock, in ever word, gesture and facial expression, is able to fully dramatize how much "Nell" admires Truman, and how much she still loves him, even when her own convictions cause her to criticize him more sharply than anyone else in the movie -- including the two killers he is interviewing for his book! The fact that Truman has far more talent than Nell -- but less compassion and shakier ethics -- is fully dramatized in a way that never stops you from feeling sorry for him. Technically this movie is the story of In Cold Blood, but it's really the story of an amazing friendship between two great writers. And Sandra Bullock makes Harper Lee the real heart and soul of this movie!