Sunday, 29 December 2013

FILM: Milk (8/10)

Why did I watch it?
Recorded this one sometime ago on the back of Sean Penn's Academy Award for Best Actor. Didn't know too much else of the film's story.

What's it all about?
Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk, a gay 40-something who moves to a progressively gay-friendly neighbourhood of San Francisco and  becomes an activist for gay rights leading him to run for the elected position of City Supervisor. James Franco, Emile Hirsch and Josh Brolin support as fellow campaigners and rival city officials.

The Good:
  • Sean Penn's performance as Harvey Milk is brilliant
  • Supporting cast is also excellent
  • The film's use of real life footage interspersed throughout gives gravitas to the cause and gives the story a grounding 
  • Sensibly handled subject matter 
The Bad:
  • Didn't end up having the emotional punch I was expecting despite focusing on Milk the whole film

Favourite line:
'My name is Harvey Milk and I'm here to recruit you' - Harvey Milk

Stand-out moment:
The moment Milk gets elected 

Like the director? Watch: Good Will Hunting
Like the acting? Watch: Mystic River

What my wife would say: Watched it and I think she enjoyed it.

What the world thinks:
Rotten Tomatoes - 94%
Metacritic - 84/100
Twitter -

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