One of the sadder stats associated with living in Africa, is that very few of us have not been affected by HIV-AIDS in some form or another. It’s an unfortunate reality we have come to live with. Back in 1980’s America though, the reality was much different as denialists labelled it a bogeyman epidemic blamed on the homosexual community. Tackling and exposing the truth behind this issue sparked a controversial socio-political row, one that caused severe conflict between gay rights groups, and which was apparently led by the Hulk’s alter ego.
“The Normal Heart” tells 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 fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city in denial.
Julia Roberts plays Dr. Emma Brookner, the paraplegic physician who treats several of the earliest victims of the disease. Mark Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand the mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover.
Ryan Murphy – who has proven his chameleon-like abilities by jumping from Glee to American Horror Story to this – is writing/directing this HBO feature film, based off of Larry Kramer’s highly acclaimed, unflinching, almost autobiographical 1985 stage play of the same name. And with that story’s heavy-hitting human drama and a fantastic cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Tayler Kitsch and Jim Parson, I have a feeling that this film will be leaving some emotional wrecks in its wake when it debuts on HBO on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014