Milk Review

Milk was an inspirational story that certainly needed to be told and it was told pretty well, but it could’ve been told just a bit better. Milk was directed very well and made a story that could’ve been very long and slow into 2 hours and pretty decently paced. The pacing was working really well for about an hour or so and then it began to lose its flow that it had going, but by the 3rd  and most important act, it picked up again with a very moving final 15 minutes. 

Milk is the story, if you don’t already know, about the life and times of Harvey Milk. Milk was the first openly gay man elected into major office. He was elected as a supervisor in San Fransisco in 1978. Its the story of the many times he ran, the speeches he made, and his eventual win with his time in office and the cruelaty he had to face because of the kind of person he was. The movie is much better, the less you know about it, so that’s all I’m giving you.

You’re not going to find much better acting than this by a full cast of characters. James Franco was a very good supporting actor as Milk’s original boyfriend, while Jame Brolin just keeps getting better. Brolin plays another city supervisor opposite Harvey by the name Dan White. The movie, though of course, belongs to Sean Penn who was absolutely spectacular and a very convincing Harvey Milk. Penn will most certainly be nominated, but I don’t believe he will win due to other running mates. Unfortunately I must say that I believe that if he does win, it’ll only be because of the inspirational character he’s playing. 

Milk is a must-see. It’s a tale that must be told and a tale that must be known. It wasn’t as good as it could’ve been, sure, but it was also a lot better than it could’ve been. Milk isn’t the greatest movie of the year, no, not even close, but it was one of the most important. The reason this is true is because its a movie that takes place in the 70s, but it’s on a topic that still hits home for a lot people today. 

Grade: B+

In Bruges Review

Unfortunately I was not able to catch this movie when it came out in February. I wanted to, but never got around to it. When I saw the trailer, apart from it starring Colin Farrell I was pretty excited because from the looks of the trailer, it felt a lot like a Guy Ritchie movie and also had a great actor, Ralph Fiennes, as a villain. The movie looked like it had a fair amount of action with good dialogue and characters. Well, the movie wasn’t great, but it was pretty darn good.  

First off, it wasn’t nearly as fast paced as I was hoping it to be, but in the end I couldn’t complain that much because a movie can be extremely slowly paced and still be good and I can’t punish this movie because of my expectations. The acting was great, especially from Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson. Farrell actually surprised me too, but the best was by far Fiennes in role that you could just tell he had a blast playing. The movie was actually funnier than I expected. Unlike a Guy Ritchie movie, In Bruges wasn’t as fast-paced and it surprisingly enough had dumber characters, which is strange because Guy Ritchie movies are usually filled to the brim with stupidity.

The stupidity angle was forced at times and hilarious at others. One of the really funny parts involves Fiennes and Farrell near the end during a sort of final shoot out in a hotel. I don’t want to give it a way, but you’ll see exactly what I mean if you view the movie. Overall, this was no Ritchie movie, but it was a lot better than some of the movies that try to be Ritchie movies nowadays, which is actually saying something because there’s a lot of them out there. Smokin Aces for one.

Grade: A-