Sean Penn was an outstanding Harvey Milk and if he wins an Oscar, it will be very well deserved.
But the movie as a whole (“Milk”) disappointed me. It provided some interesting history, and showed how recently discrimination on the basis of sexual preference was deemed politically correct. It demonstrated the fragility of some of those rights we now too often take for granted. And it showed how an individual can be transformed once he or she fixates on an important goal.
But for me, that wasn’t enough. I didn’t think the cinematography was very good, although the sometime seemless melding of new and old shots was inventive. My biggest problem was the shallowness of so many of the characterizations. These people must have had facets of their personality that went beyond their sexuality, but you couldn’t tell it from the film.
Now, 1978 was 30 years ago which, on the one hand, is a long time ago, but on the other is not, and there are certain many around who lived through those times. Perhaps they can tell me that I’m wrong, that this is in fact how it was.
Just a little hard for me to believe.