Straight after finishing In Cold Blood for the very first time, I put this on. An excellent, contextual component to the ultimate chilling novel. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s most convincing performance ever (and that really is saying something). Sure, there’s a few pernickety criticisms about how murderer Perry is a trifle embellished, but it’s all good, pragmatic fun, and a sensational debut from promising director Bennett Miller (whose most recent flick Moneyball will pop up on this here blog sometime soon).
THE GOOD: Hoffman performance cements his place as America’s best character actor.
THE BAD: Requires a certain degree of prior knowledge. If you haven’t read the book, pull your finger out.
THE UGLY: Human nature vs. subordinated urges.