Sean Penn as Harvey Milk

Sean Penn as Harvey Milk

Last nite H.K.(that’s short for Honeykins) and  I saw Milk. It’s the movie about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California.  Sean Penn plays the lead, and nailed it, from what i’ve read.  The director, Gus Van Sant, had the near impossible task of casting for it, as there were really no openly gay actors that fit the role. But, once again, Sean Penn rose to the occasion. I LOVE LOVE him! He had me at Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and I’ve been a devoted fan ever since.

The movie is so good, it had me all caught up in the gay rights movement in San Francisco in the 70’s. I am an admitted fag-hag, and I felt like I wanted to actually BE a gay man for a couple of hours last night.  I loved the brotherhood and shared support for a cause that the movie portrayed.  It’s rare to be so passionate about a cause as Milk was, and he never let up, he fought for equal treatment right up until he was assasinated.  His life changed history, and his courage changed lives.

Jeff had to “shush” me several times, I was getting so wrapped up in the scenes. It’s a damn shame that very few theatres in the US are showing it, (too controversial has been a prime reason).  Damn shame, too, that Proposition 8 in California passed,denying same-sex couples the right to marry. Two steps forward, one step back. 

Take a bunch of steps forward and get yourself to the theatre to see one of, if not THE, best movie of the year!