Brokeback Mountain (2005)


I don’t care how much hate I get from this, but I did like “the gay cowboy movie”.

While working together near Wyoming’s Brokeback Mountain in 1963, sheepherders Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) begin an increasingly passionate affair. But keeping their relationship a secret from their wives (Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams) proves agonizing and all-consuming.

This film back in the day caused a huge uproar for showing these two A-list male actors, in a very Hollywood-like movie, and shows them being in gay love. Now, I see what all the fuss is about, and it’s literally about nothing.

The best thing here is the direction of this film. Ang Lee, who is also gay, does so well here of keeping this film sweet, and to the point. He doesn’t try to sugarcoat this with all your typical romantic drama cliches, instead focuses on the relationship these two have with each other, as well as them own selves. I have to applaud this film for showing gay love, in such a beautiful and meaningful way to the point of where I almost forgot I was watching two guys in love on screen. We see these guys as two humans and rather than two dudes. They all have the same emotions as you and me, feel the same way, and talk the same way, they just may prefer something different sexually.

You really do become involved with this story as you feel the same emotions that these guys are going through as your watching this film. There are certain scenes in this film that you feel like Lee is going to pull and you really do want him too, and he does oh so well. You feel the heartbreak that is within these characters, because they can’t be happy, and have what they want even though their in love. That right there is just terribly heartbreaking, the rest of the film is almost even more painful.

I still have no idea why this cause such a huge roar among the media. I mean, well, I know why cause it’s basically two dudes in love, but what’s the difference really? The film isn’t at all exploiting gay love, it’s showing love for what it is, and that love here, just so happens to be between two dudes. God forbid, that not every romantic film of the year, have Jack and Rose. It just pisses me off that beautiful films like this already get criticized because of it’s subject material, rather than the art itself.

When I saw The Dark Knight, I knew I missed Heath Ledger. But now, I REALLY REALLY miss him. He is breath-taking in this film, bringing out all the anger, confusion, and most of all, passion within his character. He plays that soft, quiet type so well here, that when he does get a little rowdy you don’t forget about it, and it sticks in your mind. Perfect performance here, wish he was still around to give more like these. Jake Gyllenhaal is also amazing playing Jack Twist, who is also passionate, but also wears his heart on his sleeves. He gives a heart-felt performance too and there are plenty of scenes that really do ask for his acting chops, and he sure does deliver. This film did really bank on the idea of their chemistry, cause without that, would this even work? The chemistry is basically perfect and feels like real life. I could imagine how hard it was for these two very mainly actors, have to kiss and be intimate with one another, and make it all feel real. It all feels real, and almost every scene they have together you just stop, and sit there in amazement. Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams both do well in their roles equally, but their more of second-nature to this film, and aren’t given so much, even though they are great.

Must I also not forget about that ending. Talk about a tear-jerker.

Consensus: It may get bad looks cause it portrays two dudes in love, but Brokeback Mountain is the farthest thing from outlandish. It features an amazing direction from Lee, perfect performances, and tells a beautiful tale of love, heart-break, confusion, and overall, life.

9.5/10=Full Pricee!!

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23 comments

  1. He really was remarkable, Ledger. If you showed me A Knight’s Tale and then this and told me they were the same guy, I might not believe you. (even though I like him in both)

  2. When I first heard about the movie. My first response was “South Park” about Cartman’s comments about indie films where he says, “it’s usually about gay cowboys making love and eating pudding”.

    I saw it in early 2006 and I liked it but the whole experience of watching was ruined when some of the sound got lost during the screening. I was able to get a free pass afterwards. Seeing it again on TV months later made me appreciate the film a whole lot more. I do miss Heath Ledger as well.

  3. great review! love the book and the film also! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hmm, browsing your blog, I think I’m gonna check out some of the movies you wrote here that I haven’t seen yet. Thanks for the recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I didn’t see this one until a few years ago but really enjoyed it. Hopefully nobody really cares if a movie involves gay anything anymore but I remember the huge stir this one caused when it came out. Too bad that all of that seems to have overshadowed what a great movie this really is.

  5. Great review… I particularly loved these lines… ” I have to applaud this film for showing gay love, in such a beautiful and meaningful way to the point of where I almost forgot I was watching two guys in love on screen.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Brokeback Mountain is a truly stunning movie. I hate that people write it off as “the gay cowboy movie” because I think it’s one of the most touching and well told love stories ever put on screen, and it still would be in any gender confirguration.
    The direction and cinematography are beautiful and the performances from both Ledger and Gyllenhaal are absolute career bests. I still think it’s an absolute travesty that Ledger didn’t get and Oscar for it.
    It’s one of the few movies I’ve seen where I’ve not been able to get it out of my head for days afterwards. It really stays with you.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    It was one of the first films I reviewed when my blog was just a baby. Link below if you want to see if my writing has imprived at all in two years (it hasn’t really)
    http://storiesthatreallymattered.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/brokeback-mountain/

  7. I have this in my Netflix queue and still need to get around to seeing it. If for no other reason, because I absolutely loved Ledger’s work (and I miss him as well), thus I want to watch all his work (since sadly there will be no more).

    I will say though that I don’t have big expectations for this movie. In fact, I expect it to bore me for the most part. Just most of that emotional love-y stuff like this doesn’t click with me too often. Especially the serious ones like this (romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle or When Harry Met Sally, etc I can definitely enjoy).

    Rather, this seems more like a movie that, while it might not appeal to me on a story level, will be one of those movies that is a must-see for me based on just the acting (kind of the same way that The King’s Speech was).

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