Friday, March 20, 2009

Grigware Talks Film: A Penn For All Seasons

Academy Award for Best Actor - Sean Penn

Some actors scream bad attitude.
Sean Penn has been at the top of my bad boy list for a long while. But it's time for a change. With his portrayal of Harvey Milk - which totally blew me away - he has finally found his niche within a select crop of great contemporary actors.

Milk also boasts outstanding direction from Gus Van Sant and should be seen by everyone. Filmed documentary style with San Francisco's gay activism of the 70s as backdrop, Milk has an intense pace, ferocity of spirit and evocative cinematography that stay riveting throughout.This kind of benevolent dedication to showing the unsteady consequences of fighting a righteous but seemingly impossible cause is a victory in itself. Bravo to Van Sant and to his entire cast and crew! Josh Brolin's portrait of Dan White is certainly intriguing.

5 out of 5 stars


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