Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Brokeback Mountain

The story begins in 1963 where two saddle riders are looking for work in a dead end town and are put to work guarding sheep on Brokeback Mountain. Over the course of several weeks, they develop a friendship which on a cold and drunken night becomes something more. At first they are wary of what they have done but realise that what they have shared which each other overides any shame or anguish they may have about their taboo relationship. It soon develops into more than either two could have imagined but of course there are difficulties to overcome. Heath Ledger's character, Ennis Del Mar, is to be married in November and cannot commit to Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack Twist, who wants them not to hide what they have and move somewhere where they can make a living and continue their relationship unabated. However, Ennis cannot make this commitment and rejoins his fiance and marries.

The story picks up years later when Ennis has 2 children of his own and recieves a postcard from Jack that he will be in town. When Jack turns up on the doorstep, none of the passion has diminished and they passionately embrace, a move which is not missed by Ennis's wife and the seeds of disaster are sown. Over the next lot of years they make trips away to "fish", and life continues as normal as far as Ennis's character can forsee. Due to their relationship, Jacks character also marries after knocking up a girl he woo's at the rodeo and both women are obviously kept in the dark to their extra-marital affair.

The film explores the deep seated bigoted machoism of the American mid-west and the neccessity to hide their love even when they are not around their wives. However, it is more of a film where a secret love must be hidden from everyone even to the point of hiding their true feelings from each other. About how such a love can have disastrous impact on those around them when such a love is revealed and how love survives through even the most difficult times.
If you thought Brokeback Mountain was just a gay cowboy movie then you are in for a revelation. If you thought Brokeback Mountain was just a love story then you're in for a surprise. The film is as groundbreaking as it is a treat to watch. Do yourself a favour and saddle up to an Oscar worthy movie full of twists, turns and outstandinf performances.

I would give this film 4 blazing saddles out of 5



Blogger Donovan said...

Sounds good.. I'll check it out and report back.

10:33 pm  
Blogger Skry said...

H went to see that movie last night and said that it was amazing and when the film finished she "didn't want it to end and hoped it would just keep going and going".

Could this be the first movie we all see and all consider to be good? :o

12:13 am  
Anonymous Lou said...

Its a very good film with great acting all round and beautiful direction. The portrayal of their relationship was utterly convincing. I would definately recomend it.

12:43 am  

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