A heartbreaker of a movie. I thought Heath Ledger was phenomenal, (although there were a couple of scenes in which he looked so much like George Bush–to me, anyway–that I couldn’t keep my mind on the story).
People I spoke with who were uncomfortable with this movie told me the sex scenes were too graphic and “didn’t leave anything out,” so I was expecting something approaching an X rating. What I saw instead was not graphic in the least. The focus was on character, not sex. One of my favorite books on writing is THE JOY OF WRITING SEX by Elizabeth Benedict. Benedict stresses that sexual behavior has to be an extension of the character. What does intimacy mean to these two people? In BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, the implication of the love between Ennis and Jack is paramount. Ennis can’t embrace it, and his pain, at first hidden, finally overwhelms him. The scene with Jack’s parents was touching.
Jack and Alma, Ennis’s wife, had my deepest sympathy. Both of them were hurt by Ennis’s inability to be honest with his feelings, even to himself. And Ennis, though I frequently wanted to drop-kick him into the next state, was the product of his sad upbringing and the times.
My only complaints were a pace that was a tad too slow and the sudden, inexplicable focus on Ennis’s one daughter. What happened to the other daughter? I felt as though I missed something. Oh, and one more thing. What was with Ann Hathaway’s hairstyles? Yuch.
I absolutely agree with you, Diane – emotional and touching story, a lot more to this than just the “gay cowboy” thing. It was a tad too slow, but the scenery and the acting, kept one riveted. I felt that the emotional relationship between the two men would have been developed a bit more before the physical part of the relationship began, but there again, you know what they say about men, “what they think with.” 🙂 I didn’t expect to like this movie, and didn’t go see it at the theatre but a friend shared the DVD with me and being a Jake Gyllenhaal fan (Jake), I was mesmerized, who wouldn’t fall in love with this gorgeous guy? The part when Jack drives away from Innes in tears, absolutely broke my heart, not to mention the part with Innes holding Jack’s shirt toward the end. There was a lot of emotion in this movie and I thought it was well done. Now that you have brought it to my attention, Heath does resemble Bush, even the mumbling at times. lol
sorry to make you equate heath with bush. now you’ll never be able to see him any other way. Jake G. is indeed beautiful, and that “driving away” scene was painful. what woman hasn’t felt exactly as he felt at the moment?