Summary: Another biopic covering the socially important deeds of one man. Typical in format and execution, there's not much to be desired in the story besides the facts of the events that took place. The issues are worth learning, as they as still relevant today. Good acting from a great cast is the highlight.
Summary: Explores the life and career of Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay man elected to public office in 1977 as a member San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. The acting, the writing and the story is what makes this movie great in many ways.
Summary: I absolutely loved it! Sean Penn gives the best performance of his career. He truly steps into the character and completely deserved his Oscar. Great cast. There were a few minor missteps here and there, particularly with some of the character development, but that does not hold this film back from being one of the absolute best films of 2008.
Excerpt: The true story of Harvey Milk, detailing his rise from San Francisco businessman to gay activist to city supervisor, and his subsequent murder in office, along with the mayor of San Francisco, is very well done. In these days of the Supreme Court looking at the rights of gay and lesbian rights to marry, this is a good film to watch so you can realize that people are people, no matter what, and deserve the right to be treated as complete equals.
Summary: Gus Van Sant's biopic avoids the tendency to be cyclical, as most biopics are, and, instead focuses on the heart of the resilient and inspiring character of Harvey Milk. Milk is embodied by a completely engrossing performance by Penn, who gives the mayor a vivacity and passion that breathes life into the story.
Summary: As far as biographical pictures go, this one is pretty good. Sean Penn and Josh Brolin always make excellent movies. And, this on is no different. The story of the young man who calls Milk on the phone is particularly both heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time. Most bio pics fall into a situation where they have to either tell the boring truth about what happened, or take liberties with the story-line. But this movie didn't appear to do that.
Excerpt: I was expected Milk to be kind of annoying. Now, I love me some gay rights, but I thought this would be so preachy and Sean-Penn-y and self-important. It kind of was, but goshdarnit, Sean Penn is such a good actor. It was inspiring and I loved the style and screenplay structure. I REALLY felt like I was in SF in the 70s. I visited the Castro District while on Spring Break and went inside Castro Camera (which is now a gift shop called Given).
Excerpt: Brilliant film about one of the most important political figures in human history. I saw "Milk" twice in theaters, bought the DVD shortly after, and then finally the blu-ray. The transfer is as close to the theatrical quality as you will find. It particularly shows off the beautiful cinematography by the great Harris Savides. If only you could watch this and "Magnolia" as a double feature on blu-ray...you would never recover.