#2 ~ Brokeback Mountain

26 Aug

Before you curse me and take away my gay badge, hear me out. I know, a gay man not listing Brokeback Mountain, the biggest gay themed movie to ever penetrate American film, as number 1, could be considered a cardinal sin. But it just wasn’t as good as Crash. Well not in my opinion anyway.

I just could never believe from his performance that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Jack Twist really loved Ennis. I don’t know what it was, but he just couldn’t make me believe it. He was tremendous in the film, just not believable. Heath Ledger on the other hand did make me believe, but again his performance was not what I was expecting. The real star of this film was not Jake or Heath but Michelle Williams. I truly believed her character and felt her pain and emotion. She was riveting and should have won the Oscar for that role.

Now Ang Lee on the other hand, he was extraordinary. He is one of the best directors that ever sat behind a camera. His work in this film was phenomenal. The cinematography was the finest I’ve ever seen and the raw emotion he was able to get out of his actors was stupendous. Was it a good film? No it was a great film and one that will become a classic. The best of the year? Not quite. A

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Posted by on August 26, 2006 in 10 Favorite Films 2005, Drama, Reviews


One response to “#2 ~ Brokeback Mountain

  1. JD

    June 16, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    This movie is so complex, like a human mind and just as tragic as some humans are. This movie is so real, raw, and passionate, that i simply can’t agree with it as your number 2. The inarticulate body language of the two leads is hardly matched in modern cinema. Frankly, in most classic movies, one couldn’t find such real emotions, or heat-wrenching scenes. The human hungers, and i felt Ang Lee captured that beautifully. I liked Crash, and i’ve grown to respect it even more over the passed year, but Brokeback Mountain was just steps ahead in my opinion, in just about every category. But i’m happy they shared the two top spots of the year for you.


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