I feel ambivalent about this movie due to the hype surrounding it. There were good performances, but where the hell was the vaseline? Hollywood pretends to be forward-thinking, but it's always half-stepping. I did walk around for a while saying "I can't quit you" in that voice. It reminded me of Daniel Day-Lewis saying "I will find you" in 'Last of the Mohicans'.
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.
[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.
I watch this every year since it was released and the final scene always tears my heart out. Though now I've come to realise that the 2nd half is somewhat uneven and its conclusions has some aspects that usually bother me in gay-themed movies, Brokeback's still as powerful as the first time I saw it. Also, some unnoticed things, such as how the use of color reflects the characters, were pleasant to see. Top favorite.
Took me forever to get around to this one but I'm glad I've finally seen it and can agree with the rest that it was robbed at the Oscars (I did like Crash but this is far superior).The craft is impeccable and the performances are a knockout.