My name is Harvey Milk and I am here to recruit you!
Sean Penn pulls out all the stops again to show how much of a gifted and talented actor that he is in his portrayal of Harvey Milk. The first openly gay politician to be elected in the United States, in the state of California. The film shows Milk’s life from when he first moved to San Fransisco with Scott (James Franco) to the many different elections he fought to win. It took a lot of time for this to happen, but eventually he gets elected.
The riots which featured throughout were incredible, mainly because it helped to show the passion from all of the people when they realised that actually they could have the same rights as everyone else (which they always should have) but they would have to fight for it, and fight they did. Lead by Harvey Milk.
Harvey Milk, always seemed to know that he would someday be assassinated and he was correct. He was assassinated by Dan White (Josh Brolin). In the film, I do not know if this was actually true but it was implied that Dan White was a closeted homosexual.
I thought the ending was heartbreaking when Scott went to the memorial for Harvey and they thought know one else had bothered to pay respects after all Harvey had done for the gay community. Cut to them walking outside and seeing all the hundreds and thousands of candles all lit in remembrance of Harvey.
I did not know any of this story before I saw the film, all I knew was that Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected in an American State. I found that the way the film told the story was fantastic, with my lack of knowledge on it all. I did however read a bit more about it when I returned home from the cinema.
I found the whole cast seemed to really bond well together and I thought they should have won best cast ensemblance at the SAG Awards. While Penn is nominated for the Oscar I still am in the Mickey Rourke camp, but Penn really is second in my opinion.