Award winning, controversial and the “butt”( sorry), of many jokes Brokeback Mountain caused quite the stir when it came out back in 2005. So what was all the fuss about? And did it deserve all the acclaim it received?
I was board this week and came across this in on Netflix so I decided to watch it and see what the big deal was.
In the Summer of 1963 Wyoming, two young men, Ennis ( Heath Ledger) a ranch hand and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) an aspiring rodeo bull rider, are sent to work together herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain, and what had otherwise been anticipated to be a rather uneventful venture, will soon turn into an affair of love, of lust, and complications that will span through 19 years of their lives. Through marriage, through children, and through the mighty grip of societal confines and the expectations of what it is to be a man. Written by JamaicaSugar
I have to say I came away from this movie underwhelmed. For me movies are about story and characters. Feeling something while you watch it. Rooting for the people you like and hating, ( or loving), the bad guy. There about what you take away from them. Be it a good time from a thoughtless action movie, or a new prospective from something thought-provoking.
For a movie with such great themes as: forbidden love and being gay ( or bi? ) in the 60’s. This movie didn’t seem to get the emotion across very well. I’m a pretty sappy person when is comes to sympathizing with the characters on-screen but I just wasn’t getting it here. And i can’t really blame the actors. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall are both good actors and I felt like they were trying their best but I think it came down to the way it was wrote and shot.
I guess my main problem was the idea that their love story was so epic. When is reality it just seemed odd. From the very beginning they never show that much of a connection besides maybe one conversation. Then all the sudden their doing it and in love? Maybe it’s because they are both kinda macho cowboys that don’t show much emotion. Their love was unspoken for the most part. Actually I don’t think they ever even say that to each other. The problem then is that they have to show how their feeling and that i think is the main downfall of the movie.. There are some great parts when you know exactly how they are feeling like at the end with Ennis and Jake’s shirt, but often your left wondering what’s going on in their heads. I often felt there should be narration going on because you were left guessing as to what was supposed to be happening on screen. There were some really good parts where I was caught up in the story but those moments were too few, which is sad because I think theirs was a good story, sad and unfortunate but good. I think there was a better movie in their story than was shown.
As for the controversial part i guess it’s controversial from the start being about a gay couple. There are several scenes of kissing and one of sex that doesn’t show much. Some male partial nudity and brief frontal female nudity. Overall i have to say if it was about a straight couple it would not be a big deal and all and probably would have been a somewhat boring movie that no one cared about.
Overall it’s not a bad movie. I think they could have done better with the story. I think it could have been shot or written better to show more emotion but it is acted well for the most part. I do think its funny in a way that it was so gushed over, because if it wasn’t about gay cowboys it would have been a real yawn. While i am glad more movies are being made that show/support gay people i do think it’s a case of “we have to love/support this move because it’s about *insert racial or social issue here* ” A little overblown with the praise but if your curious and don’t mind watching a slow/artsy movie about the sad lives of two gay cowboys, not bad.