The film all round is pretty damn flawless from the all star cast putting in good performances to the pacing of one man's fight for political recognition towards homophobia and religions organisations simply on his sexuality with some help from the gay community letting their voices be heard. It's a subject a knew little about and it was informative and entertaining with Penn's performance standing out like a queen.
Well, this was an emotional one for me. Sean Penn is killing the acting in here - from the first scene you can almost taste another person, his moves, his smile. He delivers it. I also really like the colors of this film, it's nostalgic and beautiful. The kind of story that's almost good on its own - Van Sant just had to figure out the truth in it, visually, and he did.
Although I am not saying anything new here, Milk is very moving and Sean Penn's acting is excellent. I didn't know of Harvey Milk's existence prior to watching this, I could never forget of it now. Also I thought that the writing re his opponent was very balanced - he's no raving right wing psycho (well, he is, but you know what I mean), he's a man under a lot of pressure that Harvey recognizes in one of the scenes.