His life changed history. His courage changed lives. Sean Penn stars in this stirring celebration of Harvey Milk, a true man of the people. Based on the inspiring true story of the first openly gay man elected to major public office, this compelling film follows Milk's powerful journey to inspire hope for equal rights during one of the least tolerant times in the history of U.S.
I was somewhat disappointed by Milk, given the plaudits its received since last year. Based on a remarkable true-life story, I found the voice over at times interfering and the first half of the film plods along, when it really needs focusing. Things certainly pick up when Harvey becomes successful in local politics yet it remains a mixed bag. The production team did a great job capturing the San Francisco era and his legacy shows how much we’ve developed as a society since.
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- Milk review by CP Customer
The look of the film is great, the pace and language have their high points and Penn is at his chameleon best. Sadly overall the movie is just a little too cosy to feel like a true reflection of the times.
I believe Harvey Milk was a great man. A man who did so much in the little time he was an activist for gay rights. This film could have had a message to send to all who watches it, but sadly i must have missed it which is such a shame. With that all said the cast and crew of this film were great .
The subject matter is worthy and Sean Penn does a great job at portraying a charismatic politician. I really wanted to like this but sadly the film just failed to get me interested. The director opts for far too many cheesy close-ups and the whole thing gets lost in schmaltz. This was a serious life-and-death issue (literally for some of the participants) and it deserved better treatment than this.