Review: Milk

Netflix blurb: Sean Penn (in an Oscar-winning role) stars in this fact-based drama about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber) by disgruntled city employee Dan White (Josh Brolin, in an Oscar-nominated role) in 1978. Director Gus Van Sant‘s compelling biopic (nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award) co-stars Emile HirschJames Franco and Diego Luna.

First and foremost – wonderful performance by Sean Penn portraying a groundbreaking spirit in Harvey Milk.  Just watching this movie will make you want to get out and do something about closeminded, scared people.  James Franco, who has been pretty flat in most of the movies I’ve seen him in, was surprisingly good as Scott, Harvey’s lover in the beginning of the movie.  Diego Luna plays Jack, a guy you want to go away about 2 min after you meet him, so obviously he did a great job with his part.

I loved the movie because he took risks, and questioned the establishment, and bucked the system and did it until he won.  He was inspired by the people he inspired and won a great victory.  Killed untimely, but I’m not giving anything away, they say it pretty much in the first scene 🙂