The Video Vacuum (thevideovacuum) wrote,
The Video Vacuum

MILK (2008) ***

Okay, so I’m like really backlogged on getting these reviews done.  I’d love to honestly say that I haven’t had time because of the holidays, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve been spending most of my time playing Wii Fit and trying to figure out how to use my new Digital Recorder.  Because of these constant distractions (and the fact that I kinda forgot that I even saw this movie), I’m going to keep this review short and sweet.


Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk who was the first openly gay man ever elected into political office.  While in office he fights for gay rights and cleans up a lot of dog shit from the streets of San Francisco.  Then he gets gunned down by a mentally imbalanced co-worker (Josh Brolin).


Gus Van Sant directed this flick and I dug his style a lot.  He intersperses the film with real news footage which effectively creates a real sense of time and place.  He certainly made up for that shitty Psycho remake with this one.


I ain’t saying this flick is perfect though.  Uh-uh.  It runs on way too long and gets kinda redundant after awhile.  Seriously, all Penn does in this movie is make speeches and lead protests.  This is all well and good, but after about the 8th time he marched his gay brethren down to City Hall, it got kinda old.


The performances are uniformly great.  Penn gets to show off his acting chops and James Franco handles himself quite well as Harvey’s boyfriend who likes to dip his cookie into some Milk.  It’s Brolin though who takes the acting honors as the dude who guns down Milk.  He does some of the finest Drunk Acting I’ve see this millennium and delivers the best line of the movie when he runs into Milk’s Latin lover while extremely intoxicated:  “I don’t even know who you are, Latino Man!”

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