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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

  Directed by: Ang Lee
Written by: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, E. Annie Proulx
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams
Links: Brokeback Mountain on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Book
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Don't it break your heart in two?" - a review by pearly

Brokeback Mountain is as superb as you've heard people say it is. It really is. It takes a little while to get to where it's going, but if you're anything like me, you'll be bawling like a little baby when it finally reaches its destination.

Ennis (Heath Ledger) is a bit of a drifter. He finds work on Brokeback Mountain, where he's cut off for the Winter with Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) looking after sheep. The two didn't expect to find love whilst doing this thankless work, but over the course of that long Winter, they become closer and, by the time they leave the mountain, they cannot stop thinking about one another. But this is the sixties, and this kind of love is not acceptable. So the two part, and begin "normal" lives, finding time to meet up whenever possible.

Placed into a description like this, you can see the potential for a dramatic story, but even knowing all of this going in, I was not prepared for what Brokeback Mountain was as a fully realised film. The film grabbed my heart about halfway through, and towards the end, it just ripped it in half. It's difficult to imagine that life could have been this way just forty or so years ago, and it's with a sinking feeling that I think that whilst we as a society have come so far, at the same time, we have also remained the same.

One of the best things about Brokeback Mountain is that, despite the fact that the characters are not a particularly chatty bunch, they are completely three-dimensional. Jack and Ennis do not have the perfect relationship. They have their ups and downs like everyone else. But they have that special something between them that everyone is looking for in their own love lives, and this energy between them can be seen on screen. Likewise, the two men's wives (played by Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway, but particularly Williams), are just as much characters in the story as the men are. This makes the story even more compelling, and thought-provoking. But in the end, it is the journey of the men in the story which fascinates, and breaks your heart in two. Truly wonderful stuff.

pearly gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 11 Apr 2006

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  1. Less gay than most romantic comedies. That's what I told all the guys who asked me if they should see it with their partners.

    Props for Heath's awesome acting.
    Props for Jake's awesome moustache.

    Ang Lee redeems himself for that sucky Hulk flick he made.

    And, how gorgeous are all those sweeping landscape shots?

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from m1k3y ( on Tue 11 Apr 2006 12:39 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.00 (1 rating)

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