It’s February and it’s a month of love. So every Friday in February, I’ll be watching and reviewing classic romantic movies throughout the month. So let’s celebrate love in honor of Valentine’s Day. Welcome to Forever Alone February. Didn’t expect that titled now did you?
So if you haven’t realized, all the Forever Alone February movies ends with either the character being heartbroken or single. This was attentional as all the best romance movies have heartbreak. It’s just fact that you are going to deal with. So with Valentine’s Day now over, it’s only fitting that the next movie up is one about unrequited love. Let’s talk about “Brokeback Mountain.”
I wish I knew how to quit you
“Brokeback Mountain” was released in 2005. Frankly, it was ahead of its time. It’s that gay cowboy movie that was corrupting the youth into leaving the comforts of their homes/technology to sleep with the same sex. It was directed by Ang Lee. He gave us “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Life of Pi.” The movie stars the late Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight,” “10 Things I Hate About You”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Donnie Darko,” “The Day After Tomorrow”), Michelle Williams (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Oz the Great and Powerful”), and Anne Hathaway (“The Princess Diaries,” “Les Misérables”).
The movie is an epic. “Brokeback Mountain” spans over the course of 20 years, from 1963-1983. It tells the story of how Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) met and formed a bond that turned into an emotional and sexual relationship between them. The movie tells their entire relationship from start to finish. The two meet on Brokeback Mountain when they are herd sheep during the summer. After they get shitfaced, the two eventually give into the mountain’s name. After they finish, they stay in contact as separate life altogether.
This movie is a roller coaster of emotions. From start to finish, you are taken through their entire relationship. You really get invested in these characters and their relationship. It also showed how much didn’t change and how much did change when it comes to acceptance with LGBTQ. While it’s more accepted today, there’s still a stigma surrounded around it. It’s not as bad as it was during this time frame. But it’s crazy to think that it hasn’t really changed that much.
Production of this movie was amazing. Everything was beautifully shot and just handled in the most elegant way. From the camera angles to the music selection, it just helped carry and tell the story that Ang Lee wanted to tell. It helped take this from a short story into something that was just beautiful and amazing to watch. I cannot say enough about how much the production helped elevate this movie into something amazing.
I can honestly see why this movie was nominated and won so many awards. It was such a good movie. Honestly, I was a little bit worried about watching this movie because of how long it was. “Brokeback Mountain” was about two and a half hour movie. It did feel rather long at times but life feels rather long at times as well.
Both Heath and Jake did an amazing job in the roles. The chemistry was there and it didn’t feel like it was Hollywood magic. Anne and Michelle also did a great job with their roles as well. While they weren’t having the scene time like Heath and Jake, they didn’t let their characters fall to the background.
I highly recommend watching “Brokeback Mountain.” I enjoyed this movie and it was such a wonderful yet depressing ride. While it’s a long movie, it all worth it. You won’t regret watching it at all.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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