Watch: The Normal Heart 2014 123movies, Full Movie Online – The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial..
Plot: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.
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Mark Ruffalo’s tour De force
I saw the film Saturday night, it’s still in my head and as I sit here writing this review. I feel a great sense of sadness for all those lost over all of these years, but what is most on my mind is Mark Ruffalo’s tour De force performance as Ned Weeks.
Although a fictionalized character based on Larry Kramer, Mark made this part his own, while still keeping the aspects of Kramer’s real persona. You could feel his performance, every mood of it (and believe me it runs through all of them). Mark’s ability to transform into a gay man (at a time in gay history that was so scary and unimaginable) with such believability was amazing. I forgot I was watching Mark Ruffalo, his performance completely erased his own being.
There are many aspects of the film that critics are tearing into. Critics who were not even alive at the time opinion’s on the subject are worthless in my view, but for those critics who have long ago left their pacifiers at home I can agree with some of the negatives.
The film showed only a segment of the gay population living in NYC at that time, primarily the rich A listers who were never political before AIDS and only became so when their own lives were in danger. The majority of gay men did not spend sex filled weekends on Fire island in expensive beach houses. They were working men of all races and incomes who because of their financial circumstances, lack of insurance etc died quickly and with little notice outside their friends and family, if they were lucky enough to have a family that accepted them (remember this was 1981 not 2014).
This film brought back a lot of sadness and regrets for me, I wanted to hug Ned Weeks and tell him that things do get better in the future. It’s not often that a performance affects me, but Ruffalo’s did, not because he was playing a fictionalized version of a real person, but because he was playing a little bit of a lot of different men, who at the time thought the promised land had finally arrived for gay men and only to see it turn into a Holocast right before their eyes.
I hope that Mark is nominated and wins an Emmy for his performance, because he deserves it.
What passion looks like, and what bureaucracy did to stop it.
Make no mistake, what this film is about, is a human being’s one man crusade of passion — Ned Weeks passion. What you’ll see throughout this film, is those who care more for politics and bureaucracy than hard, gut-wrenching, passion. What do you do when you know what you’re saying is right, and those around you know its right too..but just want you to ‘calm it down’ to be heard. Ned Weeks friends were dying all around him, even those he didn’t know were dying, and he wanted those in power to take action — the people in his own circle — but they felt the way he was projecting “the message” was diminishing their strides for acceptance and freedom to “the group”. What to do? Ryan Murphy directs a film version of an off-Broadway play of the mid 80s from Larry Kramer who knows of what he speaks (and a Broadway Tony winning revival a few years ago), as he also helped/founded many AIDS groups. His main character Ned seemed to be a voice in a time where this type of voice was not listed to, given a platform, even shunned against to try to bring attention to what was happening to gay men at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. When nobody in your group listens to your valid points to stop death as well as the local, State or Federal government — imagine the hell you’ll face! That’s the hell Ned faced.
For me, if the film was more directed on Ned’s strong arm advocacy, I might’ve scored it higher because that was the important point I took away from the film. Mark Ruffalo did fine, but I think he would have been better if he had more of the ‘advocacy’ to work with. It upset me to see Ned Weeks battle against those he was trying to help. I didn’t see him as an egotistical, self-centered, know it all as they claimed, but as someone who was pushy, loud and told the truth to gay men when the truth was hard to take; and he had no problem getting into the face of those who cold spread that message as he felt, it would save lives. Even the one that eventually hit home.
I appreciate Director Murphy’s unflinching realness associated with behaviors at that time, from the clandescent gay sexual encounters to the monogamous ones, all under the beginnings of a real impending health crisis. There are a few stories of men who were treated like dirt as the disease consumed them in life and death, and it is heart wrenching to watch that’s to Murphy’s direction. And by the way, this is not fiction, and you re-live what many did back then. Julia Roberts as Emma was to show the very, very few people in the medical profession who ‘tried’ at that time only to get ignored (shunned, treated ignorantly, etc.) as well, and she was quite New York 80s in her portrayal which made her performance quite believable.
It’s hard not to compare this to the other films about the early days of AIDS, but this is a different tale, and should be seen as such. Some may not because the advocacy focus get’s played down at points when it should have been the hard focus. It’s an advocacy and bureaucracy tale, and there is where the film falters as it does skew a bit away from that at times. To focus on Ned Weeks struggle really comes when he goes head to head with what he thought was his compatriots, comes in the latter part of the film. New York bureaucracy and politics was hell, even moreso than Washington at that time, but even worse than that, is the in-fighting. Joe Mantello as Micky really sums this up very, very well and is one of the best performances here. Dennis O’Hare brought a chill to my spine as an “Ed Kotch” representative, a small but pivotal part for this story — and I bring this up because I wanted more seen of this too to drive this story home.
Matt Bonner takes on the part of Ned’s lover Felix who becomes infected with AIDS, and goes through one of the most heartbreaking metamorphoses seen in film as the disease progresses. The thing is, after all the other films one may expect this type of part, but it is Director Murphy along with Bonner that makes this one go the distance as it doesn’t flinch from every gory detail. There is nothing romantic about this, it is a disease shown that just doesn’t affect his life, but the life of those around him — like any other terminal illness. Again where the film breakdown is in this ending, which I think was more “contemporary” (2014) than taking the hard line of Ned and his ‘beating himself up’ for not being more of an advocate to ‘save’ his lover.
Let me also add that Jim Parson’s role as Tommy is another great performance as someone caught in the middle. There is a line Tommy says at a funeral that just brings me to tears, and if it doesn’t touch anyone out there, then maybe…they don’t have a normal heart. I hope everyone gives this a look because it’s not over, and we have much to learn from the past.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 12 min (132 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Ryan Murphy
Writer Larry Kramer, Ryan Murphy
Actors Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Frank De Julio
Country United States
Awards Won 2 Primetime Emmys. 29 wins & 55 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Camera Arricam ST, Zeiss Super Speed, Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA, Technicolor, New York (NY), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format Video (HDTV)