I have to say, I agree with Christopher Campbell's previous coverage of the film. Penn being bright and cheery? I'm not so sure. Hopefully, however, he'll surprise us, because there's a heck of an interesting group of actors attached to this movie. The film is said to focus on Milk's story as the third openly-gay elected official in America (in 1977), and how he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by White, who was another city supervisor.
A lot has changed in the last 30 years, but it will be interesting to see how Van Sant's film does with the movie-going public, and whether "If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door," will become even more recognized, lauded, and followed.