Embargo? Todd McCarthy don’t need no stinkin’ embargo.

Posted by · 8:03 pm · November 2nd, 2008

…while “Milk” is unquestionably marked by many mandatory scenes — the electioneering, outrage at conservative opposition, tension between domestic and public life, insider politicking, public demonstrations, et al. — the quality of the writing, acting and directing generally invests them with the feel of real life and credible personal interchange, rather than of scripted stops along the way from aspiration to triumph to tragedy. And on a project whose greatest danger lay in its potential to come across as agenda-driven agitprop, the filmmakers have crucially infused the story with qualities in very short supply today — gentleness and a humane embrace of all its characters, even of the entirely vilifiable gunman, Dan White.

From McCarthy’s recent review of Gus Van Sant’s “Milk.”  I’ll hold off commenting in depth on the film for another few weeks.  You know, integrity, that kind of thing.  A foreign idea, I know.




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