Sunday, February 8, 2009

"I'm Harvey Milk, and I want to recruit you"

Shortly after my last post about Oscar films, I realized I forgot to mention Milk.

Well, I watched it last night and thought it was REALLY good. It's hard to say what Ocscars it will win. I think it could be in the running for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco in the last 1970's. The film mixes real footage with recreated scenes so well, it's hard to tell the difference between the two. Of course, Sean Penn who I believe is one of our generation's best actors with Robert Downey Jr, delivers a huge performance. He is able to actually "become" a character like almost nobody else.

Again, as with most other great Oscar films, the supporting cast delivers big here too. James Franco and Emile Hirsch are both great, as is Josh Brolin.

The movie is also over two hours but is so well told, it never really drags.

This movie is so good on so many levels, it's hard to nail down what awards it will come home with and both Penn and Van Zant are well loved by the Academy.

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