Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two things: This film teaches and it lingers.

It taught me volumes of the struggle of homosexuality and how it pervades every aspect of one's life: confidence, relationships with family, spirituality, self-esteem... And why shouldn't it, doesn't heterosexuality pervade every aspect of one's life too? It was a great film for understanding the pain and sorrow and honesty of a homosexual relationship.

The film is still lingering in my mind. I was deeply moved by Alma's character played superbly by Michelle Williams. Alma was married to Heath Ledger's character, Ennis, and was rejected by virtue of something that had nothing to do with her. The violence depicted toward homosexuals was also very shocking and heartbreaking. Ennis' rejection of religion was telling of how Christianity has taken role of judge of the sidelined, rather than of advocate.

As far as being grossed out by the depiction of two homosexual men, I must say that it was about as uncomfortable watching it as watching any love scene in any movie. Love scenes can contribute to a plot, though often gratuitous - in this case, it was a major contribution. I'm uncomfortable when I'm around any overly affectionate couple. The fact that it was homosexual in nature makes it all the more honest. There are thousands upon thousands of homosexuals and only recently have their stories begun to be told to the general public.

The depiction of the west was great! I thought the mannerisms were a bit over exaggerated to start out, but I think it settled into itself nicely about 30 minutes in. The way the women dressed was very gaudy, a bit over the top perhaps, but as a costume designer, how could you resist! The landscape brought the film an epic sense.

The film making was superb. Great directing, cinematography, writing, and editing. The acting was especially stunning, especially by Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. Add to that the feelings and thoughts the film evoked, it is truly a powerful movie.

Official Site | IMDB

No comments: