Brokeback Mountain

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Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American neo-Western romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee and produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus. Adapted from the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx, the screenplay was written by Ossana and Larry McMurtry. The film stars Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, and Michelle Williams, and depicts the complex emotional and sexual relationship between Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist in the American West from 1963 to 1983.

In 2018, the film was preserved in the National Film Registry. It is currently the most recent film preserved there.

Summary

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Why It Rocks

  1. The film takes a real good tackle on homosexuality, without potraying it by the stereotypes or offending anyone of a particular sexuality.
  2. All of the actors performances in this movie are incredible, mainly from Jake Gyllenhaal and Heather Ledger.
  3. Amazing camera work and beautiful cinematography.
  4. The idea of making two men have a hidden gay relationship with each other that they’re too afraid to reveal to anyone is pretty original.
  5. Well-done character and story development.
  6. Likable, interesting and relatable characters, mainly the two main characters, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar.
  7. It accurately shows how much most people in real-life are too afraid to reveal their true sexuality.
  8. Many memorable moments that are both dramatic and tear jerking, such as when Ennis discovers blood on Jack’s clothes shortly before he mysteriously died.
  9. Ang Lee is shown to have impressive skills as a director.
  10. The dialogue is brilliant and well-said by the actors.
  11. Jack and Ennis share an amazing and very realistic gay chemistry with each other.
  12. The film gives a nice moral about how you shouldn’t be afraid to express how you truly feel about a person, whether it be the same gender as you.
  13. The way the plot and characters express real human emotions is astounding and well-written out.

Reception

Brokeback Mountain received 87% positive reviews the aggregator on Rotten Tomatoes based on 236 reviews, and an average rating of 8.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A beautifully epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's gay love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality, helped by the moving performances of Ledger and Gyllenhaal." It also received an 87 out of 100 score on Metacritic based on 41 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim." The film was given a "two thumbs up" rating by Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, the former giving a four-star review in the Chicago Sun-Times.