Achingly beautiful, gorgeously shot. Uses intense emotional acumen and sweeping vision to bring coherence to the kind of episodic plot that would have robbed a lesser film of meaning and focus, instead using the formula of epic romance to create one of the most genuinely tragic romances ever made. Ledger as Ennis, even more than the Joker, is timeless; this performance is almost unbearably good.
Ang Lee possesses several films in which it feels as though the director always knew, whether through intuition or meticulous planning, exactly what choices to make behind the camera in order to convey the emotional truth and narrative movement within a scene. In "Brokeback," Lee created an iconic American landscape upon which to set a series of lonely, tormented figures whose very existence subverts that icon.
beautiful and heartbreaking. it paints an epic kind of love story but never strays from it's realism that makes it so compelling. i love the soundtrack and every performance. 4.5 stars if this fckin website had half stars. heath ledger was a genius, RIP
My favorite film of 2005 and possible my favorite by Ang Lee. A metaphysical exploration of forbidden love and hellbent repression. Heath Ledger gives the best performance of his career. Although we will never forget the Joker, this is the most important work of Ledger's career. Brokeback Mountain is a film that will live on forever as a tribute to the millions of untold love stories that could never be.