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Brokeback Mountain


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Brokeback Mountain
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Ang Lee
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Randy Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway

Synopsis: Here's something that I can't think I have really seen. Now I know there are a slew of good ol' cowboy flicks with some male-bonding that border on the beyond but Brokeback Mountain is about to go a lot further. Two young cowboys meet, fall in love but both realize they must live other lives to cover up their secret love. Bound to raise some hackles somewhere but hey, it's new, it's different and must've happened at some point in time, right?

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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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Brokeback Mountain Review

After all the hoopla...
After all the media love
After the red state bashing
and most of all, after writer Annie Proulx's disturbing renouncing of Crash turfing the cowboys at the Oscars (if you don't know what I am talking about, Google it...it will be worth the read.
The DVD is out, and one can really step back...I mean really step back and say...what the hell? Really? This is what people raved about?

Ok, sure, nice looking flick but let me tell you something, unless you are a pure city-fied type, you know it ain't that hard to make someplace like Calgary, Canada look pretty damn spectacular with all those mountains and ice blue rivers.

But the story? Honestly...it's dull...seriously...you have Heath Ledger giving a pretty good performance, and a few little scenes with Jake Gyllenhal and Michelle Williams, but the characters are dull, dull, dull...I mean, thank god they are gay, it's the one thing that makes them remotely interesting.

Yes, forbidden love in the wilds...it's different...but a simple twist on a genre does not make the film a classic immediately. Seriously, if this had been a film about a straight couple, it would have been dismissed by the critics as dull...and in all honesty, I am shocked that the gay crowds are not a little more annoyed at this film, after all, it still pulls the whole 'someone must be punished' for their sins scene towards the end...the only redeeming side of it is when it came to the love scenes, director Ang Lee didn't really pull his punches or dissolve to the sheep or some such device...he kept the camera rolling on his leads and earned that 'R' rating.

Final score...5 stars for trying but minus three for making me check my watch wondering how long this film was going to drag on for.

As for Annie Proulx, I'm sorry you are such a poor loser, but to judge what makes one actor better than another, to dismiss Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance as mimicry simply indicates you should read but not listened to.

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