I was expecting to have my heart ripped out of my chest witnessing Ryan Murphy’s TV adaptation of “The Normal Heart”. Mission accomplished. I’m still thinking about this movie and the truly solid performances created by the whole cast. My generation’s knowledge of HIV and AIDS was mainly and firstly molded by television and film, with movies like “Philadelphia” & “The Ryan White Story” and interviews with inspiring individuals such as Hydeia Broadbent. In the past decade it seems as though more attention has been paid to teen moms and gonorrhea. Where has the serious talk about HIV/AIDS gone?
Thanks to current movies like “Dallas Buyers Club” and now “The Normal Heart”, a younger generation can get schooled on the cause and effects of this disease. HIV/AIDS still exists and more needs to be done to let people know about it.
Besides getting educated about the first moments in which New York and the rest of America were beginning to see the results of HIV/AIDS in the human body, there were some spectacular moments in “The Normal Heart” that warrant Emmy awards. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello, and Julia Roberts were especially magnificent in the HBO film. If they do not get Emmy nominations, along with Ryan Murphy, the Twittersphere will go nuts.