Saturday, February 21, 2009

Harvey Milk


"I am not a candidate, I am part of a movement. The movement is the candidate."



Harvey Milk, a forty year old gay moved to San Francisco from Newyork in 1972 and started his life as a gay activist, fighting for the gay rights, who later entered into local politics and after several failures he succeeded as a San Francisco Supervisor in 1977. He was assassinated by his fellow supervisor Dan White along with Mayor George Moscone after his success and raised voice for the gay rights in U.S.

An inspiring biopic about a person who is the first gay to enter and win an election in american history. Another compelling story about gay activists like "Philadelphia" and "Brokeback Mountain".

A sensational, tragic performance by Sean Penn. I never knew anything about Harvey Milk before. But Sean Penn's performance moved me to know more about Harvey Milk's life. Milk is full of surprise and inspiration. Gus Van Sant have delivered this movie with a best cast having Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Diego Luna and Josh Brolin along with the stunner, disturbing actor Sean Penn.

Every character have been portrayed well to prove their responsibilty towards their role. Gus Van Sant's another artistic portrayal made and presented well in the name of "Milk". 



I'm amazed at the film, maybe not at the content. But still homosexuals are human beings who are struggling for their own rights and still hiding in the closet. This happened 30 years ago, but still they are fighting for their rights. Never mind a human's sexual orientation, consider his destiny. Harvey Milk is a man of words with power to prove his existence in the society. He is impressive, energetic and spiritual.

Now I'm awaiting to watch Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning 1984 documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" after watching "Milk".

This must be the best movie of 2008 and Sean Penn deserves more for his performance.

"A homosexual with power-that's scary."

3 comments:

Madhuri said...

Okay cool! But whats so specially scary about a homosexual with power :( ?

Arun Saravanan said...

Its a dialogue from the movie. A voice arising for a group of oppressed people is always scary to the autocratic side of the society. That is what the movie explains about the power in hands of a person who is fighting for his own rights.

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