The 1st time I saw it (uhm... two days ago) it kind of left me "Uh? And what was that!?". I bought the DVD for Christmas because there was Meryl Streep and there had been quite a hype in Italy for this miniseries, and I got curious about it.
I think THAT was my first reaction because I didn't quite know what the film was going to be and what it was all about and such: I didn't know what to expect and what I was going to see. I had been watching the movie trailer for like 3 hours (it really is well-made) and I thought it was going to be absolutely a great movie! I had GREAT expectations.
Then it ended, after 6 hours, and... WHAT?
It took me one day to rethink about it. You really have to think about the context and what the screenwriter (Kushner) was trying so desperately to tell you.
And then I got it.
The very first time I watched it (still, two days ago) I was too focused on the PLOT. What was happening, who was doing what, what's his name, oh so he's... OK. You know, if you watch a movie JUST for the plot, you can't be that satisfied, as long as it isn't a drama series like Desperate Housewives or something like that.
So I took my brand-new Angels in America DVD and I put it once more in my DVD player.
And the magic begun.
Maybe it was because the 1st time I watched in Italian, and even though we have the best dubbers in the world it's NOT the same. Maybe it was because I was focused on the plot. Whatever. I really enjoyed every minute of those six hours.
It's all about the references, about the metaphores, about the historical context: it really is a movie that enlightens the Reagan period and that really tries his best to highlight some of the social matters that, sadly, are still alive nowadays.
I think that someone of my age cannot completely understand the complexity of this masterpiece, because I haven't lived enough, but still I feel its amazing reality and fidelity to the truth. It's not offensive, as I've heard many people claiming that, it's just OPEN MINDED.
Against discrimination, fighting for freedom of any kind.
I should talk in italian to explain how this movie makes me feel, but then any of you (or very few) would understand.
Just watch it: pay attention to the words and to what they're trying to say, to explain, to teach you. And learn.
:fresh: 8 because it's about gays and discrimination and because it shows life without fearing what it's about.