Sunday, January 15, 2006

Brokeback Mountain

I finally saw Brokeback Mountain this weekend. Much has been written about the film, and I don't know what I can say that would be especially enlightening or new. Yes, I loved it. Yes, Heath Ledger's performance was amazing and utterly Oscar-worthy. Yes, Jake Gyllenhaal was ridiculously handsome. Yes, I cried, but really not as much as I was led to believe I would. I didn't find it to be a weep-fest, not at all. I mostly cried because Jake was kissing someone other than me. That part really choked me up.

One thing I want to say to heterosexual men who are resisting seeing this movie. Let it go. Your worry, fear, anxiety, or what-have-you is for nothing. It's not worth missing probably the best picture of the year for what is so little gay sex. Keep this in mind - it's not gay porn. "The scene" is nothing more than a lot of rustling around in the dark, heavy breathing, and a little grunting. It's over in a flash, and neither of them is even undressed. Ang Lee's entire style of film-making is one of restraint which basically translates into the fact that there's nothing gratuitous in the movie, not sex, not violence, not anything. There's not a frame of film that doesn't serve the plot. In fact, if you'll indulge me a couple stereotypes for the purpose of making my point, here's something to consider. As a straight woman, I had to endure a Western for two full hours, chock full of cowboys, rodeos, tractors, hunting, fishing, and hicks, all of which is decidedly unappealing to me, but nevertheless, I totally loved the movie. By contrast, a straight man endures probably no more than 90 seconds of gay intimacy in trade for what is two hours of a total dude cowboy flick.

Trust me, guys, you're gonna love it.

10 Comments:

At Sunday, January 15, 2006 8:17:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

I saw a preview and it looked pretty intense.

 
At Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:06:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Well, it is a drama, so it does have its intense moments. Some are between Jake and Heath, some aren't.

 
At Monday, January 16, 2006 10:10:00 AM, Blogger PixieGaf said...

OMG LA I cry everytime I see Jake kissing another person.

 
At Tuesday, January 17, 2006 7:36:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

I was looking for Donnie at the Golden Globes, but he never showed!? What's up with that?

 
At Tuesday, January 17, 2006 9:39:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

I think my boy skipped the gig because he wasn't nominated. I hope he's not that petulant, but it kinda looks that way from here. I gotta admit, it's a point against him.

 
At Tuesday, January 17, 2006 10:10:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

Ahhhhh, but he might still get nominated for an Oscar!!

 
At Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:39:00 AM, Blogger Mike V. said...

cool review, young lady.
when it's on netflix, I will totally home-theater this movie.. :)

 
At Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:39:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

You'll like it. Like I told my brother who is somewhat resistant to seeing it, Philadelphia is probably "gayer" than Brokeback. And everyone loved Philadelphia.

 
At Friday, January 20, 2006 1:22:00 PM, Blogger PixieGaf said...

LA I tried convincing my younger brother to see Brokeback Mountain with me by telling him it got all these great reviews and won all these awards. But he just said if thats true they should start giving gay-porn awards. He's extremly homophobic.

 
At Monday, January 30, 2006 4:59:00 PM, Blogger Nea said...

I am not a man, but my not wanting to see the movie has nothing to do with fear, I just don't give a damn. I am not the least bit interested in watching two men, "get it on", in any fashion. We all have our likes and dislikes, I don't lick the ashtray either.

 

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