Sean Penn's performance is an acting masterpiece as the movie is exclusively on the weight of his shoulders. Not only does he turn in a fantastic performance, but the surrounding cast is equally on par making "Milk" a great film about one of the most underrated stories in American politics.
An outstanding production in every respect, "Milk" is one of the best films I've seen in the last few years. Sean Penn gives a brilliant and Oscar winning performance as Harvey Milk, a gay activist in the 1970's who became California's first openly gay elected official. Directed by Gus Van Sant ("My Own Private Idaho", "Good Will Hunting"), the film follows Milk from his move from New York to San Francisco in the early 1970's; his election as City Supervisor and his battle with the religious conservative right; and ultimately his untimely death at the hands of fellow City Supervisor Dan White.
The attention to detail in this film is amazing, skillfully blending the actors and action with those of actual news footage from the period. Penn is surrounded by an amazing supporting cast including Josh Brolin as Dan White, James Franco as Milk's long time boyfriend Scott Smith and young Emile Hirsch in a stand out performance of the gay activist Cleve Jones.
Milk is an incredibly moving portrait of a brave man who had a sad ending. The film is a testament to men like Harvey and they couldn't have found a better man to play him than Sean Penn.