Must Watch: Gus Van Sant's Milk Trailer
We've been covering Gus Van Sant's upcoming film Milk pretty regularly, so it's a nice development to see that Focus Features has released the official trailer today. For those of you that haven't been tracking the production, Milk details the political life of Harvey Milk, the self-described "Mayor of Castro Street" and the first openly gay politician to be elected to a public office. The other noteworthy aspect of the man is that he was tragically assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone, by rival Dan White, who famously used the Twinkie defense when he was eventually tried for the crime. This definitely looks like the role of a lifetime for Sean Penn and potentially a big Oscar contender. Be sure to check out the full trailer below!
Watch the trailer for Gus Van Sant's Milk:
You can also watch the Milk trailer in High Definition on Apple
For someone who is looking forward to this film, the trailer isn't exactly what I expected. The score is rather whimsical and there seems only a flirtation with the other side of the story - namely, Milk's assassination. The political happenings and the timely topic of gay rights and equality is of course still compelling, but the tragedy is equally if not more moving. On another note, how great is it to see Sean Penn and Josh Brolin go head-to-head? The addition of James Franco and Emile Hirsch is also pretty damn exciting. And for those who might just see the film for one particular reason, the trailer hints at the already infamous pool scene. So is this what you expected of the trailer? And are you more or less interested?
Milk is directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant, of Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, and Elephant previously. The script was written by Dustin Lance Black, of The Journey of Jared Price and TV's "Big Love". Focus Features is releasing Milk on November 24th this fall.