Men Kissing MenNov 13th, 2008
Five minutes into the film there's a love scene that's hard for heterosexual men to watch, but after that you forget Sean Penn is playing Harvey Milk and the character really comes alive on screen. You root for him in the political rallies, feel sorry for him, and celebrate when he finally wins the election
Milk (external - login to view) is probably going to win a smattering of Academy Awards because of the subject matter - Harvey Milk was a Gay Rights activist in San Francisco in the 1970s. One year after being elected to office (the first openly gay politician to ever be elected to public office in the United States) he ran into some serious trouble with another councilor promoting old fashion family values. In this movie Josh Brolin does another great job as the lunatic Dan White, but Sean Penn is absolutely frigging amazing as Harvey Milk.
Directed by Gus Van Sant, the biopic was no doubt inspired by the success of The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, an Academy Award winning documentary on the same subject. Milk (external - login to view) stars Sean Penn, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and Josh Brolin.
Is this something you'll watch in the theatre? or on DVD? or not at all?