Movie Review – Brokeback Mountain – Moving

Brokeback Mountain

Early one morning in Signal, Wyoming, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist meet while lining up for employment with local rancher Joe Aguirre. The world which Ennis and Jack have been born into is, at once, changing rapidly and yet scarcely evolving. Both young men seem certain of their set places in the heartland–obtaining steady work, marrying, and raising a family–and yet they hunger for something beyond..

I know I’m a bit late to the brokeback party, but I was away when the movie came out, and I never managed to get hold of it and sit down and watch it until now..

How often do you see a Western Romantic Drama? Yeah..like never, especially one featuring homosexuals, that’s what makes this film so unique.

The movie is based on the E. Annie Proulx story about a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years and scores a very high 7.9 at IMDB.

I can see why Ang Lee won an Oscar for the direction, it is beautifully directed, some of the shots are like perfectly framed photographs, and some really stay in your memory.

The scenes with the mountains were beautiful.

As for the acting, Jake Gyllenhaal did very well, he conveyed the emotion and irrational nature of his character very well. Heath Ledger played quite a solemn character, Ennis Del Mar, so he didn’t have quite so much acting to do, but he worked the character very well, showing his life trapped in a marriage of convenience, his quietness was very strong and somehow his solemn attitude amplified his emotions. It was really quite amazing acting by both of them.

Showing his fear of being openly gay, due to what he witnessed as a young child, Jack Twist being more open, but in the end paying for that.

Jack and Enis

The caution paid off in the end.

It was quite an emotional movie, the direction standing out more than anything else. The score was good and both Michelle Williams and Ann Hathaway put in a brilliant perfomances as troubled wifes, who saw what no wifes should ever have to see.

Really it is a film about love, but it’s something new, something brave and most importantly of all, something difference.

Not the same old formulaic crap we see month in month out.

If you haven’t watched it, I’d definately recommend it.

A strong 8/10.

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15 Responses to Movie Review – Brokeback Mountain – Moving

  1. KY May 23, 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    so do you feel the urge to kiss terence again now?

  2. spiller May 23, 2006 at 12:55 pm #

    or KinkyPugKevin?

  3. FireAngel May 23, 2006 at 1:14 pm #

    wahahha. first local guy to openly declare his love for the movie without cringing. ons.

  4. ShadowFox May 23, 2006 at 1:21 pm #

    EEEEEeeeeeee EEEEEeeeeee wwwwwwwwww!

  5. julthefool May 23, 2006 at 3:19 pm #

    Ya I liked it too – I found it sad though, and pretty realistic too…

  6. Chris Chong May 23, 2006 at 3:55 pm #

    So far, only my female friends have watched it… And they cringed.

  7. Boss Stewie May 23, 2006 at 3:58 pm #

    i actually thought it was slightly overrated

    they could’ve made the ending a lot more sad… the movie was supposed to make me cry and weep like a girl

  8. Steffy May 23, 2006 at 10:28 pm #

    Looks like a great movie. Wonder if there’re any raunchy bedroom scenes.

  9. Dabido (Teflon) May 23, 2006 at 11:31 pm #

    ‘Ann Hathaway’

    Shakespeares Wife????

    Thought she died in the 1500’s!!! 🙂

    I still haven’t seen the movie … then again, what have I seen in the last year?

    Steffy – just buy the ‘Queer As Folk’ series on DVD!!! 🙂

  10. Steffy1811 May 24, 2006 at 2:35 am #

    Was this show released in theatres in Malaysia??? Well I dont quite like it because I had to spend 4 months, twice a week, 3 hours per class watching movies like this. But I’d be surprised if the show was released in local theatres.

  11. Hijackqueen May 24, 2006 at 9:51 am #

    But… But…. belakang mali wor….

  12. vlad May 24, 2006 at 12:07 pm #

    I bet all of these who are cringing never watched Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung on Bishonen.

  13. Matthew May 24, 2006 at 12:17 pm #

    shaolin…the biggest brokeback figure on the web now is colin & kero…puke

  14. jill May 24, 2006 at 7:05 pm #

    “Something difference” ?
    i think you meant “something different”. 😛 sorry to be a nit picker! 😛

  15. edmc May 24, 2006 at 10:15 pm #

    i did cringe but it’s a great movie nonetheless. bought the dvd in Beijing, no cut! weee! xD