Genre Guesstimation – Milk (2008)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Vinnie of Vinnie H. and it is Historical True Story Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of February by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Vinnie!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Historical True Story Movies.

“All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words.” – Harvey Milk

Number of Times Seen – 2 (15 Dec 2008 and 10 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the very first openly gay politician who used his influence trying to get equal rights bills passed in California during the 1970’s.

My Take on it – This is a film that is much more memorable due to its amazing lead performance by Sean Penn than for the impact values of the story.

Penn is able to transform himself onscreen to the point that we keep forgetting that this is a famous and known actor in lead role.

The story itself is quite good and they do a really good job giving us an idea of how difficult life was for gays and other minorities during the 70’s.

Besides Penn, the entire supporting cast is great and we are shown the differing views on the issues in a clear and concise way.

The fact that this story is based on a real event make sit even more impactful because it can really blow one’s mind that this kind of thing truly occurred.

The problem I had with this was that the entire time something felt missing that would have helped make this film take the leap from really good to amazing.

This film was nominated for 8 Oscars and was able to win Best Actor for Penn (in a tight race against Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (2008)

Bottom Line – Great film that is led by an amazing Penn who is able to transform himself into the character making us forget who is playing the role.  The story is told quite well and we get a clear sense of the way that gays and other minorities were treated at the time.  The supporting cast is also great and the fact that this is based on a true story helps give this film an even harder impact. The problem is that there is something slightly missing that would have raised the stakes even higher and would have made it amazing. Nominated for 8 Oscars but only managed to win Best Actor and Best Screenplay.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sean Penn’s cosmetic transformation in the film included a prosthetic nose and teeth, contact lenses and a redesigned hairline. His makeup was done by Academy Award winner Stephan Dupuis. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close, but something is still missing that would have made this even better.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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