Ang Lee’s adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s story Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as young cowboys named Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. Each of them is hired to corral sheep on the title location and they soon bond very closely. Their platonic relationship explodes into a physical one, but eventually the two are separated when their job comes to an end. Although the two follow different life paths – one becoming a father of two and the other marrying into a successful business – they have a reunion years later. Each is affected profoundly by the rekindling of their old feelings for each other. Those feelings lead each to consider what continuing their hidden relationship would cost them. The screenplay was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
Born in 1954 in Taipei, he graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then went to the United States, where he studied theater directing at the University of Illinois and film production at New York University. After winning awards in 1985 for his student work (while at N.Y.U., he also worked on Spike Lee’s acclaimed student film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads), Lee spent the next six years working on screenplays, eventually making his directorial debut in 1992 with Pushing Hands. A comedy about the generational and cultural gaps in a Taiwanese family in New York, it won awards in Lee’s native country. His next film, The Wedding Banquet (1993), further explored cultural and generational differences through a gay New Yorker who stages a marriage of convenience to please his visiting Taiwanese parents. The film met with widespread acclaim, winning a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and a Best Director prize at the Seattle Film Festival, as well as… read more
[Spoiler] The commercial and critical success of "Brokeback Mountain" is a vindication of a relatively straightforward treatment, which is seemingly dependent on the quality of its acting. However, the final shot of the film, and above all the almost unbearably sad scene near the end, where Ennis visits Jack's parents and takes his shirt as a momento, shows clearly the work of a master director pulling the strings.
A film of beautiful interruptions; the opening particularly. Gorgeous lingering shots frame Wyoming's natural beauty and a gentle score soothes -- then, so jarring is the grim train that destroys this serenity, I jumped in my seat. "Brokeback Mountain" solidifies one of the western's most crucial conventions: the romantic, escapist spirit of the wild. When the men return to the *real* world, surrounded by arid industrial imagery, they are castrated. It brings only unwanted responsibility, pain. A fascinating genre film.
Beautiful, although a little choppy here and there. The film is missing something small yet noticeable, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Impeccable, astounding performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and ESPECIALLY Heath Ledger. Wow, he really was something. The more of his films I see, the more I realise what a loss his death was to us.
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