Seeing Milk where it Happened

Last Tuesday, we went and checked out the premiere of Milk at the Castro Theatre. I mean, if you’re going to see a movie that documents such a hefty chunk of San Francisco history and you happen to live in San Francisco, then you should go see it where it happened.
The scene was to be expected, although it was interesting to see that the 19:00 showing was much more massively packed with gay couples than the 22:00 showing, which seemed to be a lot more mixed and mostly straight couples, unless it was a lot of single girls with their gay male friends. I don’t know. My Homometer ain’t really all the fine tuned.
Once seeing the film, it was indeed fun to sit there with a highly reactive crowd. When those who were loathed came on screen such as Anita Brown. People even laughed heartily at jokes that they surely had seen many a time in the previews for the film.
As to how was the film? It’s good. It’s one of the rare occasions where I agree with the otherwise 100% ass, Mick LaSalle in saying that it portrays Harvey Milk as an American Hero, which is not something that most folks would ever want to believe. It also shows him and all the gays in the Castro as leading relatively normal lives despite the circumstances and the fact that they have a sexual preference different than 90% of the population. Of course, it does get in to the fact that a lot of them have a lot of baggage that they have to deal with because of those back home not accepting them. But, while LaSalle, gives the film the little jumping man (basically a 5 out of 5), I would probably give it a 4 out of 5 or a 8.5 out of 10. It’s a well made film that tells a good story, but I had trouble really getting engrossed in it. Of course, maybe this was due to a boisterous crowd in the theater, but I think that would only help one to delve in to it. Oh, Sean Penn will most likely get an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Milk. His is actually acting in this film and not just phoning it in.
Seeing Milk where it Happened