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.
It hits you right on your chest like a bullet when you least expect it and steals away your heart. Ennis and Jack are forced to deny the only passion either of them will ever feel. They pretend so as to fit in with the others. And in doing so they hurt themselves and carry great pain with each passing moment. Brokeback Mountain was the best film of 2005 and the most important love story of this century.
0.5 for Williams' frustration/fear/silence, counterweight to the opera. Her ruddy, fleshy, wet face invites sympathy/identification/judgment. 1 for the cowboys' attraction, ordained by smoldering glances, their prettiness, Lee's lingering body shots, & the landscape in which their love is consummated. 0.5 for turkey-carving scenes, in which bottled-up-mountain-manlove emotions overflow their daily lives' containers.
Who knew that a short story published in a 1997 issue of the New Yorker by Annie Proulx about the secret love of two Wyoming cowboys would be a cultural watershed success? Despite the Academy for failing to award it an Oscar for Best Picture, the film's story and influence continues to resonate; it was recently staged as an opera in Madrid. Brokeback Mountain's dramatic story about love and loyalty is universal.
[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.