So I finally got up the courage to watch The Normal Heart. I don’t even quite know what to say… that was both unbelievably sad and also truly, truly unbelievably maddening that that was a real thing that was allowed to happen.
I’d known a lot about the AIDS epidemic, and I had read The Normal Heart and other plays about it, but actually seeing it laid out like that… having it not even just be any one particular story, but all the thousands and hundreds of thousands of young people who just.. died… in this horrible, excruciating way and no one with the ability to actually help was willing to do anything about it until years - YEARS - later is just… I cannot even put into words how angry that makes me. If I was in his position, I’d 100% be Ned too. Not to say I didn’t get where the others were coming from in being hurt by the way he went about it, but the anger… I connect with it on such a real, raw level.
Especially given that this crap is STILL. going. on. No one can convince me that with all the medical advancements we’ve made up till now there’s not at least one person in the world who has found a cure for AIDS. And yet there are still millions of impoverished people around the world dying from it because the people with real political power find it too profitable to keep others around the world poor and dying than the give them what they need to live.
Aaaanyway, I’m going to try and curb my long political rant. Suffice it to say, I’m a political person and could go on about these things for days.
But on a NON-political level… god dang that was one of the most gutting movies I’ve seen in.. maybe ever? The acting was incredible across the board, but particularly Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer (damn him for being an even more amazing actor than he is beautiful to look at- which is VERY!), and Jim Parsons. They all got to me SO damn much. And in general, although I’ve read the play and knew how it would go, seeing Ned and Felix’s relationship played out, they’re just so freaking sweet and genuine and ugh it was just so hard to watch in the end D”:
But honestly, as much as the movie itself is incredibly well done and horribly, horribly sad, I do think it’s very important to remember that it was made as a piece of activism, and STILL should serve that role today. This is not a fight that’s over just because we don’t see it as much in the U.S., and in general, I just think it’s critical to bare in mind that these are real things that happen. That this play was written as it was happening, to motivate people to get up and do something about it. And we really do need to be doing so, even still today.
I’ll get off my soapbox now and just say… truly, truly excellent film that was. Incredibly hard to watch, and probably something I won’t be able to watch again for quite a while, but.. it got to me big time. And I’m grateful for that.