The Normal Heart (2014)

The Normal Heart (2014)
  • Time: 132 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Ryan Murphy
  • Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts


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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  • ‘The Normal Heart’ tells the story of a community, who once upon a time, were shunned away by sexists. It depicts a rather courageous story about an activist’s genuine attempt to find equality as well as a cure for a disease that has killed over 36 million people since its beginning.

    Larry Kramer’s Screenplay is uninhibited, graphic & even verbose at times. But, almost all of it, leaves a mark. The only flaw in an otherwise super film, is its length, which needed some trimming. The film feels a bit too long, by at least 15-minutes.

    Ryan Murphy’s Direction is wonderful. He has handled this dramatic & disturbing story, with patience & maturity. Cinematography is good. Editing could’ve been sharper. Make-Up is excellently done.

    Performance-Wise: Mark Ruffalo delivers a sensational performance. He’s at his best in here, enacting the righteous activist with flourish. Matt Bomer embodies the part & is very sincere. Julia Roberts is fantastic, as always. Taylor Kitsch is highly effective. Alfred Molina enacts the sexist, brilliantly. Jim Parsons & Joe Mantello, however, steal the show with unforgettable turns. Their screen-time maybe less, but their performances are captivating & astonishing.

    On the whole, ‘The Normal Heart’ is unsettling, but an important piece nevertheless. Two Thumbs Up!

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