Sunday, November 30, 2008
How Do We Feel About Biopics?
Ali Karim reading.
We saw MILK last week and I loved it. Thought Sean Penn did an incredible job of bringing the sweetness and earnestness that was Harvey Milk alive. All the supporting roles were filled well, especially the amazing Josh Brolin as Dan White.
They did a great job of integrating newsreels with new footage. I laughed; I cried.
You can imagine my dismay when neither my husband nor daughter much liked the film. Their principle complaint was that it was a typical biopic that refused to see the subject in anything but black and white. That the film ticked off the events of his last years in a dull fashion. That only the scenes with Dan White skulking around excited them.
So tell me what biopics have done a good job. I think MILK did. What others come to mind?