My reactions to the HBO film of The Normal Heart are not much different from my reactions to the play. At what point do we begin to question the great and powerful Larry Kramer on his saying of TNH: "this is our history"?
The movie is garnering much attention because of the extraordinary star power -- not unlike how the celebrity of Hanks helped to propel Philadelphia. But, as with Philadelphia, it is the humanity imbued in a story being told at a necessary time that promises to enrapture audiences.
If you are a female reading this, chances are your significant other has a man crush on at least one male or more. These crushes do not mean that your man desires his man crush in the way he desires you, though.