Milk - 2008 (R)


Year of Release: 2008
Rated: R
Director: Gus Van Sant
Approx. Running Time: 128 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

His life changed history. His courage changed lives. Academy Award winner Sean Penn stars in this stirring celebration of Harvey Milk, a true man of the people. Based on the inspiring true story of the first openly gay man elected to major public office, this compelling film follows Milk's powerful journey to inspire hope for equal rights during one of the least tolerant times in our nation's history. With a stunning all-star cast, including Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and James Franco, it's the emotionally charged story that was proclaimed Winner of The New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Award!

My Comments:

A very authentic film that is equally enlightening and infuriating. The whole cast turns in excellent performances (including Sean Penn's Academy Award Winning turn as Harvey Milk). It really puts into sharp perspective just how far the people of this nation still need to come in terms of their tolerance of the gay community. It also comes as a shock to see just how insignificant Milk's death seemed to be to the straight community - so much so that his slaying (and that of San Francisco's mayor) was deemed manslaughter, leaving his killer to serve only five years.

Overall, a movie that I highly recommend and my favorite movie of 2008.

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