Angels In America became the most talked about television event of the past year. I know this because with as much as television I don't watch, I could not avoid the praises being given to this miniseries by critics everywhere. It was something I knew sooner or later I would have to watch. Amazingly, HBO sent me a screener copy a few weeks ago. After immersing myself in this 6-hour miniseries over the course of two days I have some opinions of what I saw.... To begin, I think the acting performances by the cast ensemble is outstanding -- mostly thanks to the film's brilliant script and direction under Mike Nichols (The Graduate). You can't possibly go wrong with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker and Al Pacino. Speaking of Al Pacino, I think this is the finest performance I have seen from the actor to date. As superb a miniseries this was, the only stumbling block I found with this movie was its subject matter which is set in the mid 1980s and deals with people affected by the AIDS virus. I don't consider myself to be homophobic, but it is a bit difficult to watch a film that so vividly portrays gay lifestyles including a shocking sexual encounter in a city park. I think any heterosexual who watches this sort of material being so blatantly presented to them in this manner is naturally going to cringe. Still, I was oddly intrigued by Angels in America, a well-crafted film with dialogue and performances that are nothing short of top-notch. This is one of those rare films that manages to captivate its viewers on acting alone. I found it very difficult to walk away from this series for any prolonged period of time. Despite your personal feelings towards the subject matter this is a miniseries that should be placed at the top of your "must see" list. It is a viewing experience that you will soon not forget.