Brokeback Mountain – review

(BEWARE OF SPOILERS.)

Part of me just wants to write that Ang Lee’s latest film lives up to all of its glorious reviews so far. Because it does. It’s a beautiful film, both in cinematography (you can’t go wrong with mountains) and in subject matter (real love). The only thing I’m disappointed in is that I wanted, ehem, more action. I heard all these rumors at how explicit the sex would be–but really it’s just one scene, plus another scene of just kissing.

Heath Ledger is phenomenal. His performance cannot be overstated. His mumbling, quiet nature with bursts of testosterone is incredible. It’s my favorite (and probably the best) performance this year. What made it even better for me was that there was a preview for Casanova before the film–I kept thinking about the Heath Ledger as Casanova versus Heath Ledger as Ennis. I could hardly believe it was the same person–now that’s a sign of superb acting.

I’m not convinced that Ennis was gay though. I could be swayed to think otherwise, but I just think he was in love with Jack, plain and simple. They had a deep connection. Jack, on the other hand, was clearly “queer,” despite telling Ennis otherwise. He actively pursued sex with other men. “I’m not like you, Ennis. I can’t get by with just a few fucks up in the mountains a couple times a year.” he says. And it lead to his death, which Ennis had warned about. Jack was a bit naive, but at least he tried his best in the times he lived to pursue happiness.

Triumphant film–Ang Lee is forgiven for The Hulk. He captured the Great American West, he captured the 60s and 70s, and he captured true love. 9 out of 10 stars.

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