The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and old, straight and gay, alike – at a time when prejudice and violence against gays was openly accepted as the norm.
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Based on a true story, the film focuses on a person named Harvey Milk who was the first openly gay man elected into public office. He becomes a San Francisco supervisor as he inspires people to belive that, "All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words."
Sean Penn is so incredible as Harvey Milk. He immerses himself into the charecter and doesn't try too hard to play the role. He gets everything absolutely perfect from his voice, to his posture, to his facial expressions and makes the best leading performance of 2008. He was what makes the film so powerful.
There is a big difference between acting and the film itself. The movie really isn't a classic as many other people have said. Despite some powerful scenes here and there, the dialouge isn't amazing. The only reason it seems great is because Sean Penn reads the script wonderfully. There are also some scenes that let us down towards the middle that lack the powerfullness that only some of the movie has. There are also some awkward, intimate moments in the movie that aren't needed to tell the story.
Overall, you should go see Milk. But for one reason and one reason only, and that is Sean Penn. Honestly, he gives a performance that will go down in history as one of the greatest. Because he is that good, he is really what makes the movie good, in my opinion, and that is very hard for a single actor to do.
The True story of the first openly Gay elected Offical. This film was phenomenal. The Story of Harvey Milk was truly inspiring. Sean Penn's performance left me speechless and he became Harvey Milk. All the actors were outstanding, I have never seen any of them in roles like these and they all blew me away. This movie I recommend everybody to watch. I also recommend people to watch "The Times of Harvey Milk". He was truly an amazing individual who risked his life everyday to do what was right. Outstanding Film!
Gus Vant Sant has become the film making crusader for gay rights over the years with his films. He returns with Milk the story of Harvey Milk, a gay man who moves to San Francisco & experiences bigotry due to his sexual preferences. Driven by a passion to provoke societal change & acceptance, Milk becomes the first openly gay man ever appointed to public office in 1978. In the span of his career, he fights a group of conservatives who try to enact a California referendum which would rob homosexuals of civil rights. Van Sant does a great job of capturing the times of the seventies the cinematography is done quite well. But he does lack on centering on the main theme there seems to be many subplots going on as each character is introduced. The acting is amazing every one put on a stellar performance. Emile Hirsch is almost unrecongnizable as Cleve Jones an activist & MilkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s colleague. James Franco does an excellent heart felt performance as MilkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s early on boyfriend. Penn is phenominal as Harvy Milk definitely should be up with an oscar for this one. Great story about the underdog never giving up for what he believes.
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Milk (PG) * * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Lovers come, lovers go. Hope lives on. Hankies may well be out in force in some quarters for those watching Milk, a tremendous portrayal of a one of a kind leader from Alliance Films now shaking things up at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas. Would be politicians can learn a lot from this Gus Van Sant (To Die For) masterful treatment of a champion for rights and the underprivileged.
Smart from start to finish, Milk looks at a dynamic figure that came out of nowhere to take the nation by storm. Through a very smart opening we see Harvey Milk in action. Right from the outset in New York we learn of the difficulties gay men faced in the closed-minded world of the early 70s. Unhappy with the state of affairs in the Big Apple Milk and best buddy Scott Smith make the trek west. Way out west.
Ever since the 60s San Francisco has been known as one of the most tolerant cities on the continent Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if not the most liberal. From a camera shop called Castro Cameras Milk tries to lead a normal life. News of his Ã¢â‚¬Å“lifestyleÃ¢â‚¬Â begins to grate on some business neighbours so you can say the seeds are sown early for a man to take the bull by the horns.
Aided by some close gay friends we watch the struggle and setbacks Milk faces as he tries to fight for gay rights. Unheard of at the time, Milk senses the need for political office to protect minority rights. Under enormous pressure from opponents we see how Harvey Milk somehow manages to elevate gay rights to the front burner as a bitter war rages over the pros and cons of homosexuality.
Stark, truthful and full of unforgettable performances sure to stay with viewers Milk proves to be one of the best biographical movies in years. Only here the substance of the subject matter may even outweight the lighting rod leader of a movement whose time has come.
Complete with vintage footage from the early battles fought against crusading bigots like Anita Bryant out to rid the world of gays Milk displays subtle poignancy, utter charm and complete relevance in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s world. Oscar fans will know from the opening frame that Sean Penn (Mystic River) will easily be nominated for a statuette for his uncanny portrayal of a trendsetting leader. Many other unbelievably strong, charismatic performances also resonate throughout this heartfelt story, including James Franco (Spider-Man) as one lover, Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien) another and Josh Brolin (W) as a fellow city councilor.
Superb recreations of the 70s and the hysteria of the gay/straight debates make Milk a meaningful movie with a message and touching performances.
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