Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Milk - Review

Just saw Milk, and it's definitely one of the year's best.

Sean Penn captivates in a career-best performance as gay activist Harvey Milk. It's more than just charisma; his portrayal of the slain San Fransisco politician has real heart and soul. Josh Brolin and James Franco are also terrific in their respective roles of Milk's unstable assassin (Dan White) and his worried lover. It does follow all the conventions that a biopic entails, but is no less effective for it. Besides being an inspirational docudrama about civil rights, it's also an examination of the crushing burden one's political life presses on one's personal life (for both Milk and White). The editing is economical and slick, and Danny Elfman produces one of his best scores in years.

I forsee nominations for picture, director, actor, supporting actor, screenplay, and editing, and others are possible.

***1/2 out of ****

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