Another Thumbs Up For “Milk”


Variety’s review of “Milk” gets it about right, I think. It calls the film “adroitly and tenderly observed” and says it is “most notable for the surprising and entirely winning performance by Sean Penn in the leading role.” I understand why the critic called Penn’s work “surprising,” because it lacks the actor’s signature explosive anger and is enormously warm-hearted. But to think it’s surprising that Penn could pull off playing an iconic gay leader would be silly in the extreme. He is America’s greatest screen actor. Period. Full-stop. End of story.

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