Saturday, January 17, 2009

Milk – Gus Van Sant and Sean Penn deliver a treat worth watching

Milk is a true story of the first open gay man in the history of American politics to be voted into office. Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 and his run up to greater laurels and service to humanity ended tragically the year after.

Gus Van Sant captures the last 8 years of Harvey Milk’s life. A role so amazingly enacted by Sean Penn. Milk was not an individual who stood for gay rights. He stood for the greater good of humanity. That makes his life far more special and Van Sant does absolute justice to bring it alive. Kudos to James Franco who plays his lover and Emile Hirsch who’s his campaign companion. Great performances both.

When Dan White, his political partner, makes an accusation at Milk that he’s gay and so family / personal matters don’t concern him, Gus Van Sant makes it a point to show Milk’s personal side of life. It falters too as his partner walks out on him. A lovely parallel that plays through the movie.

But Harvey Milk’s life went far beyond his immediate concerns. He worked for the larger good of men. A true hero of human rights whose life was sadly cut short.

Posted by Murali

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