What a amazing film and massive suprise!
I am a gay male 30years old and am normally very up to date with gay culture. I not interested in gay comedies but educational movies that show how hard it used to be for people who are gay. The new generation of gay people do not know they are born and have it very easy to how it was even 10 years ago.
I had heard a rumour that Sean Penn had made a film where he played the lead gay role. Sadley all that was spoken about really at the time of its release was Slumdog Millionare. I hadnt heard of Harvey Milk so didnt pay much attention. Then when it won Best Picture at the Oscars over Slumdog I was amazed and happy. Then hearing Sean Penns acceptance speech telling the USA to wake up and make gay marriage legal I had to wacth the film.
The film is fantastic. Sean plays the lead with such ease and kindness. Not one hint of unnatural acting. The film is educational, moving, empowering and very sad. I was not prepared to be so effected by this film. I have made so many of my friends straight and gay watch it whom all have loved it. I think when gay people come out there should be an education programme for them. Making people aware that being gay is not all nice clothes, great clubs, Madonna and Kylie. They should be made aware of how hard it was and who suffered dearly for just being themselves and didnt back down in order for us to be where we are today. Quintin Crisp's movies are a must as well as this amazing classic Milk. Straight or gay I ask you to watch this film. Whatever you are sexually will not make any difference to how this film will educate and move you. 10-10