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I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

The Normal Heart (2014) Review

The story about a gay activist trying to raise awareness and help the men coming down with a very strange disease, with the breakout of HIV/AIDS.

Considering this was a made for TV movie, it really does have a very impressive cast who put in very good yet hard to watch performances. The subject matter of HIV/AIDS is still very difficult to watch, even more so with this one and the story showing how no help was given from the US government and wanting to admit the problem. Mainly because to begin with it was only affecting gay men.

Mark Ruffalo is Ned Weeks and really does drive the film and is probably the best ever performance I have seen from him. He really shows what a good actor he is and what he is capable of in a lead role. Lets face it he usually has a supporting role and while he always puts in good performances but this one is different he leads the film.

When watching this film I didn’t even realise Julia Roberts was in it, but she again takes on a slightly different role and is very engaging as the only doctor who seems to actually help. With her own reasons behind why she is helping, which turns out to be very sad yet heartwarming. The whole film has plenty of relationships in it and not forgetting a nice love story at the core, which you always know is not going to end well at all.

You must remember this is about the outbreak of AIDs and how that originally happened, therefore it does contain some very graphic sex scenes. Which at times was not a good choice for a film I decided to watch on a flight. But the scenes aren’t in bad taste and help to build the story and understand what it was like at the time.

It really does paint a very vivid picture and should be more widely released in my opinion, it was a very important and key event in history. It was a horrible time and a disease which is still around now, but more can be done of it. The way some of the men were treated really was inhumane and disgraceful, we have to just hope that people will not be treated like that in the future if an outbreak of any other disease takes hold like this did.

I would recommend seeing this film if you get the chance to as the performances really are impressive, as I mentioned earlier that Mark Ruffalo is outstanding. Honestly I will change your opinion on him has an actor within the first ten minutes. Yes he really is that good in this, so don’t miss it if you have the chance to watch it!

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6 responses

  1. Great review Caz. Its depressing to think how many lives were lost just because governments ignored the problem for so long.

    December 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    • Caz

      It really is! I couldn’t believe some of it, so cutting (I know it’s a film, but it must be close to what was going on).

      December 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  2. It’s a very sad movie, but it’s one that deserves to be seen. Especially for the cast involved. Good review Caz.

    December 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    • Caz

      It really is and unfortunately with it being a made for TV movie it will get overlooked. Hopefully the GG nominations will help!

      December 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm

  3. Caz, i’m sooo glad you have reviewed this movie. I woke up in the middle of the night when I was overseas somewhere and this was on and I watched maybe the last 40 minutes and thought it was really good. Unfortunately, the telebox over in the arse end of nowhere couldn’t tell me what the film was called and now I know!! I will be searching for this on the TV now so I can watch the beginning 🙂 Great review.

    – Jenna

    December 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    • Caz

      So pleased you have seen some of it as it really is such an emotional film. Hope you get to catch it all at some point!

      December 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm

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