Angels In America

Mi was amazed that I was so into this mini-series by HBO. He fell asleep during the first chapter and gave up on it after the second chapter. I loved it.

It is witty and imaginative. Meryl Streep is my favorite, Al Pacino is his usual yelling self. Maybe it seemed rather naïve like how West Wing is naïve. Because both are idealistic Hollywood types attempting at describing the world of politics, or analyzing why conservatives are conservatives.

In addition to all the big name actors employed by the series, the script is awesome. A few lines I love:

Roy Cohn (Al Pacino): A Republican hot-shot lawyer was informed by his long time personal doctor that he has AIDS.

“Your problem is that you are hung up on words, on labels, that you believe they mean what they seem to mean,” Cohn says. “Homosexuals are men who know nobody and who nobody knows, who have zero clout? Does this sound like me? I have sex with men. But unlike nearly every other man of whom this is true, I bring the guy I’m screwing to the White House and President Reagan smiles at us and shakes his hand. I, have clout. I’m not a homosexual with AIDs. What I have is liver cancer. I’m a heterosexual that likes to fuck around with men.”

Joe Pitt (A Republican, a Morman, a closeted gay, and a lawyer) says to his first gay lover:
You democrats are so naïve, you believe things can be perfected. If you could accept reality as it is, if you could accept the in-perfectibility of human being, then you will see why I am a Republican. We are the realists.

So the story goes that God was tempted to leave Heaven after he had witnessed men’s progress. He wanted more adventure of his own! Eventually God walked out on Heaven on 1909, during the time that San Francisco had the biggest earthquake (Heaven quake. Apparently Heaven is in San Francisco, ha). So the angels God left behind tried to manage on their own throughout the entire 20th century and watching human ran the world to the ground. So they send an angel (Emma Thompson) to see the Prophet, a gay man lives in New York City and recently diagnosed with AIDs. The Angel asked the Prophet to stop human progress, to stop time and maybe to turn back time so God might return.

At the end the young gay man, who was given the title of Prophet went to heaven (a.k.a San Francisco), to stand in front the chief angels (all look like some kind homeless), he said (something to this affect, I don’t have the exact transcript)

“I don’t want to be a Prophet, and I don’t want to stop time. Progress, migration, and change are modernity. Human has to desire, even when we desire to be still, it is still a desire. As for God, if he dares to show his face again here after all that he had left behind, after all the destruction and death had befallen us, I say, we sue the bastard. How dare he walk out on us? He has to pay!”

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