I’m here to recruit you.

‘My name is Harvey Milk, and I’m here to recruit you.’
This is one of the most famous lines in ‘Milk’, directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black.
The film is about Harvey Milk (played by Sean Penn), the first openly gay elected official in California.
The film is a little longer than your average Hollywood fare, but it’s worth almost every moment.
It’s told in the form of a tape recording made by Milk, to be played in event of his assassination.
The film, shot stylishly in parts, traces the dramatic rise and tragic fall of Milk, from a nondescript to an adored, revered personality in the gay community.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, watching the different characters who were aptly chosen, the superb performances by Penn, his boyfriend Scott, the ‘dyke with balls’ and others.
It’s a must-watch. An inspirational tale with poignant moments, such as Milk’s conversation with Paul, a suicidal homosexual in Minnesota.
The movie blends actual documentation of the times with reconstructed scenes effortlessly.

There were a few moments of intense love-making in the film which made certain elderly ladies in the audience roll their eyes and click their tongues, but I wish they had focused on the larger issues portrayed: police brutality against homosexuals, the insecurity of Dan White, a San Francisco supervisor elected alongside Milk, Scott’s pain at being left behind, and what gay guys with power can achieve.
Another touching scene was the show of support after Milk, along with the mayor, is shot by White. (This is mentioned really early on in the film, as well as in the promos, so don’t think I just ruined a surprise for you 🙂 ).
We see a different side of the gay community so often ridiculed for its flamboyance.I strongly recommend it.

Scene of protest in 'Milk' (2008)Milk-Sean Penn (2008)


~ by cranialrumblings on February 28, 2009.

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