Love is a force of nature.
Brokeback Mountain is an Ang Lee film about two modern day cowboys who meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63. The two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a life long relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
I'd resisted watching this for years for two reasons 1. being nominated for so many Oscars I was worried it would be overwrought Oscar-bait and 2. Ang Lee (of course if someone had reminded me Michelle Williams was in it, I would have watched it ages ago). It turns out worry number one was completely unwarranted as the film was emotionally heartfelt and beautifully subtle in not only its writing and performances, but also in its directing, which brings me back to concern number two. After Life of Pi and now Brokeback I think I can officially stop worrying about Lee as a director. It's not as if I completely hated the guy, but I just found most of his…
I was struck by how beautiful this movie was, both in its story and in its cinematography. I already knew most of the beats of the movie, but that didn't diminish its impact on me. I actually wasn't really paying full attention throughout (more a reflection of my state of mind than of the movie itself), but somehow I was still moved to tears at the end. Jake Gyllenhal and Heath Ledger brought excellently nuanced complexity to Jack and Ennis. They are two men who love each other, yet who are unable to live with that love.
Brokeback mountain - a gorgeous, massive mountain that fills most of the frame - leaves its impact on the entire film. It serves…
It doesn't matter who loves who.... What matters is how much of love there is between two people and the pain they experience on losing them. You might be the "straightest" person but this will still touch your heart and stay there. Heath ledger's face says it all in the end. The ending kills you..... It just kills you inside man.
"They'll be there 'til the day they die."
You don't find movies that are as well rounded as Brokeback Mountain everyday. Great script, great acting, GREAT cinematography, powerful score and very fine direction which captures the sparsity not only of the landscape but of the characters' lives. I found myself focusing too hard on the happenings, which is when I realized it's not a dense film. Nor does it need to be.
I think I've seen this movie differently every single time I've witnessed it. Either way, I've always found it to be one of the saddest movies ever. No movie captures the feeling of death or loss like Brokeback Mountain does. And the great thing is that Brokeback isn't…
"My name is Buck, and I'm here to fuck."
Nobody says that in this movie. This movie is about cowboys and feelings.
What the hell is your problem, anyway?
Ang Lee & Larry McMurty take a grim, tragic short story by Annie Proulx and turn it into one of the best love stories brought to film. Stellar performances by Ledger & Gyllenhaal and an academy award winning score by Gustavo Santaolalla that is hard to forget.
A quiet film that requires patience, but amidst the silence, there are moments of yearning that roar. Well-acted and punctuated by a beautiful score.
Preciosa película sobre un amor imposible en otros tiempos. El score es simplemente magnifico. Si bien es cierto que los revisionados no la favorecen mucho, la última escena sigue siendo muy efectiva.
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years. - IMDB
Despite all the hype that surrounds this film due to the sexuality of it's main characters, what Ang Lee has managed to do here is take away the regular homosexual conventions and give a beautiful romance story that would fit in any other movie.
Wonderfully acted by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, although they're almost upstaged by the hard done by wife in Michelle Williams.
One thing that attracts me throughout the duration of the film is the way it looks. The look of the mountainous region of central US looks amazing on screen and gives you a sense of really…
An expansive, profound piece of filmmaking, "Brokeback Mountain" beautifully portrays the most devastating romance I've ever seen put to film, anchored by Heath Ledger's and Jake Gyllenhaal's phenomenal performances.
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Spontaneous viewing... struck me what a palpable, heartbreaking portrait of loneliness this film is. I woke up the next morning feeling haunted by that ineffable distance that separates all of us, even those we love most. The loves our hearts know that the world, or even ourselves, will never see. Never know. Never realize.
Somewhat interesting to see what was considered so daring less than a decade ago is fairly tame by today's standards, but the performances and emotional undercurrent still sting.
Pacing and passage of time are handled exceptionally well. Dialog is perfectly minimal. Style is mostly utilitarian, but effortlessly elegant. Even the most obvious symbols and shot compositions never feel forced. The womens' performances are just as fully rendered as the mens'.
And it must be said: Heath Ledger. What a tragic loss. One can only imagine the performances he might have crafted if given a full life.
Brokeback Mountain is great in every way, transcending the idea of "a gay love story" to just being a great love story.
Years removed from its initial release and its surrounding fervor, Ang Lee's romantic effort seems more open. Rather than a statement for a singular time, it seems to be simply a film about an obstructed romance. Ennis is an eternal laggard when it comes to his abiding love with Jack. I almost believe Ennis when he says he "isn't queer". Indeed, he just loves Jack so much, any notions of sexuality don't matter.
Also, further proof that when it comes to capturing a heightened narrative (or doing anything, really), Ang Lee is severely under appreciated.