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The Normal Heart

ImageDoes love really have to be so categorized?
Love has existed throughout the ages between people in various ways, platonic or sexual.
If someone loves you and treats you well, I really doubt their anatomy should make a difference.

The Normal Heart isn’t so much about homosexuality or a disease, it’s about humans treating each other with humanity.
The heart has nothing to do with love, so what is normal? Even the fact that we say the heart has to do with love shows how mixed up we are about the emotion.

I’ve heard people kind of cluck and say, oh, I couldn’t take an actor seriously as a leading man once I found out he was gay.  He’s an actor. He’s acting. He’s not a leading man, he’s playing a leading man. I can think an actor is lovely to look at and watch just as easily if he’s gay or straight, it’s not like I’m going to hook up with them either way.


HBO has adapted Larry Kramer’s mostly autobiographical play, The Normal Heart into a heart-wrenching TV movie event.
It’s primary focus is the  HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984. Mark Ruffalo brilliantly takes on the part of writer/activist Ned Weeks who struggles to organize not only the gay community, but make everyone understand how devastating this disease is while receiving push-back from all quarters.

There was a moment when I thought, gee, Ruffalo, just turn into The Hulk, they’ll have to listen to you then, but it passed.

Julia Roberts is luminous and passionate in the severe role of Dr. Emma Brookner, an abrupt, but caring physician in a wheelchair who becomes a reluctant expert on the gay cancer as it was first known, and also an advocate for those suffering from this terrible illness.

Other standouts? Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello and more.

The script is often virulent and preachy, but I understand the intensity should match the urgency. The actors wrangled the script well, giving us a memorable and moving performance. Have tissues ready.

This movie isn’t just about love, but about the power of fear, prejudice, and oppression.

Whether or not you agree with certain lifestyles there should be no doubt that we should have compassion and empathy if we are going to have hope.

This movie stressed the simple point, each and every person that dies of AIDS whether straight or gay was also someone’s son, or brother or friend or father or uncle or mother, sister, daughter, lover, husband, wife, or maybe a soldier, doctor, teacher, chef, engineer, athlete, mechanic, designer, dog trainer, construction worker, social worker, actor, plumber, musician, artist, astronaut, author…more that that, they were human beings.

I don’t feel I have to agree with everything a person says or does to love them. I don’t think love should be so conditional.




Very me

5 thoughts on “The Normal Heart

  1. The Normal Heart
    This sounds like such an excellent show. It doesn’t really matter on who you love, it
    just all ends up in the emotions. All in all, we all fall in love and in the end we end up
    with the results. Homosexuals and hetersexual love should be all counted as one


  2. Absolutely loved this movie. I was a little surprised to hear as much backlash on how poorly it was created. Thankfully I saw that only after watching it. It’s eye opening at just how jaded our government can be and horrifying just how long it took anyone to stand up and scream.


    1. I think it’s difficult when a play is so known; people scream about adaptations of plays, but play to movie is difficult. Yes, it’s sad because governments are supposed to be serving all people. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your insight Shelly. 🙂


  3. Firstly. you do this SO well. I rarely watch movies or TV. Concentratiion sucks. But with your recommendations I’m more inclined.
    I fancied the pants off of Rock Hudson when I was just a lass and the chemistry and humour in the acting between he and Doris Day in their many roles drew me right in. Even after I learned he was gay, which would be right about the time that all the AIDS/HIV furore erupted, I still saw him for the talent he was. Ditto Freddie Mercury. From my favourite group.
    Nothing takes away a person’s ability. Certainly not their sexuality.
    As the mother of two gay children, one of each!, I could no more negate a person’s worth for their god-given gifts – one of which is their sexuality – than I could for the colour of their hair or eyes.
    I will look out for this movie, (is it Darcy?) and encourage others to watch.
    Keep right on doing what you do so well. Kudos and a massive applause from me for awareness-raising in the spirit of acceptance and love. Huge hugs. From me and ALL my family. Love is love.x


    1. Thank you for your kind words. What people do in their intimate moments or who they choose to love has nothing to do with their abilities, talents, etc., it’s their private side, they should be allowed it. Yes, Rock Hudson (loved McMillan & Wife) was dreamy and I adore Doris Day. I don’t care about his sexuality, I still think he’s dreamy and yes, realize now exactly how talented an actor he was. I gladly accept the hugs and I’m glad I was able to explain my thoughts well, I always wonder in my ramblings if I am. Thank you. Love is love. Best wishes Donna (although I’d answer to Darcy, like the name, especially Mr. Darcy, sigh). 🙂


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