Year of Release: 2005
Director(s): Ang Lee
Approx. Running Time: 135 minutes
My Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!"
-Joel Siegel, GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Brokeback Mountain is a sweeping epic that explores the lives of two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection. The complications, joys and heartbreak they experience provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver emotionally charged, remarkably moving performances in "a movie that is destined to become one of the great classics of our time" (Clay Smith, The Insider).
Although this is a good movie, I don't think it quite deserved all the praise it received. As a piece of filmmaking, it's nothing really amazing. It's pretty average, actually. Decent - but not stellar - acting. A good script that stays pretty true to the story on which it was based (mostly because the author of that story, Annie Proulx, also wrote the screenplay). I will say though that it does have some gorgeous cinematography.
However, the only thing truly remarkable about this picture is its cultural significance. It is the first gay romantic drama to really hit the mainstream and be featured in wide release. It also centers around a culture - cowboys - that has traditionally been a totally hetero world.
Rated R (MPAA)