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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Review of Brokeback Mountain (2005)

❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ ❻ ❼ ❽ ❾ ❿ / 10

Romance, Drama, Western.
English (US) | 2h 14m | IMDb

This movie is a treat in every possible way. Everything from acting to direction is great. The use of visual elements is simply stunning. It brings out the mood of the scene in a way that will haunt you forever.

It is the story of a forbidden love, like most other gay stories, but there is something about this simple story that sets it apart from other movies of the same genre. This is not just one of the best gay stories but also one the best romantic stories ever made. The story is simple: not very complicated–rather straight forward. Director Ang Lee brings out the best of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in this film. They are the two main leads, our cowboys: Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist. The story revolves around their lives and how they develop a friendship, hidden from they family lives.

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Set against the backdrop of vast lonely American West, Ennis and Jack develop a sexual and romantic relationship while they work together at Brokeback Mountain. The emptiness in their lives is reflected both inside and out. There is more to see and less to hear. Whenever they find time from their busy lives, they meet at the Brokeback Mountain. This is probably the only time they can feel satisfied in their lives. The story also involves the angle of their wronged wives. One feels empathetic especially to Alma, Ennis’ wife.

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Their love is hidden, but it matures with time, until one day they can no longer meet. This is an emotionally gripping tale of love. Perhaps the best scene is the one at the end, where a small object sums up the entire movie nicely–I swear. I won’t spoil it for you, but watch out for the visual cues in the movie. There are a plenty of them.

The mountain scenes are all well done. All the actors are amazing. The music by Gustavo Santaolalla suits the mood very well. “The Wings” soundtrack is simply amazing. There is a wonderful song by Emmylou Harris as well, called “A Love that will Never Grow Old.” The music has this transformative capacity in it. It is sad when it needs to be and happy when it needs to be. I watched the movie a long ago, but I still find myself humming the songs sometimes. I wish I knew how to quit this film.

Watch the trailer here: