Evelyn GoughIn the Picture
Brokeback Mountain (M)
Directed by Ang Lee
Academy Award winner Ang Lee once again proves what an eclectic and versatile director he is with his latest project Brokeback Mountain, an unconventional and heart wrenching love story set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas. Based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx, it stars Heath Ledger as Ennis Del Mar and Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Twist, two ranch hands who fall in love while herding sheep on Brokeback mountain.
But this is 1963 Wyoming. Real cowboys model themselves on John Wayne not Kenneth Williams. Any hint of homosexuality is not only frowned upon, it could get you lynched.
So for two decades Ennis and Jack must hide their feelings for each other. Both marry and have children, but neither is happy. The only times when they are truly content is when they reunite for fishing trips on Brokeback mountain.
After scoring four Golden Globe Awards including Best Film and Best Director Brokeback Mountain is hot favourite leading up to the Academy Awards next month.
And amongst those nominated is our own Heath Ledger, who is up for Best Actor. Go Heath! Go Heath! Go Heath!
I wish I could add a couple more categories including Best Mumbler (Heath Ledger) and Best Bedroom Eyes (Jake Gyllenhaal!) What a honey! He can lasso me anytime!
Beautifully filmed with restrained performances that perfectly capture the mood of the times Brokeback Mountain is imbued with a sense of sadness that will remain with you for days.
Okay, so I had a teensy weensy bit of trouble understanding everything Heath said (if he ever gives up acting he can take up a career in ventriloquism) but Im not knocking his powerful and utterly convincing performance. Go Heath!
And equally impressive is the supporting cast which includes Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris and Anne Hathaway.
Brokeback Mountain wont be everyones cup of tea but if you want a film that delves a little deeper into the human psyche than Date Movie then I highly recommended this thought-provoking drama.