LOVEFiLM Review: Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk’s career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco’s growing gay community, and organizes gays’ purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city’s conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk’s relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs.

I don’t think what I can write here would do the film any justice so I am gonna keep it more than snappy and short.

I will say this though, Milk was one of the best films i’ve seen. A superbly told story. So powerful and emotional, Sean Penn was outstanding. And just Sean Penn. The whole support cast are unbelievable like Josh Brolin, Alison Pill, Emile Hirsch and James Franco.

This is really a must see film!


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