Movie review: "Brokeback Mountain" (2005)
Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal
Director: Ang Lee
Won Oscars for Directing, Music and Writing/Screenplay
Based on the short story by Annie Proulx, screenplay by Larry McMurtry
Here's the big bad spoiler: It's a love story. It has cowboys. And scenic mountains. What could be more all-American?
The love positively erupts, it's a stunning revelation, there is gentleness later, and disappointment that can't be contained. There is real love, you cannot be in doubt about that, and there are the hobbling constraints that Jack and Ennis cannot overcome.
In the end, there is a bloodied shirt that is a delicate memento linking Ennis to Jack, a painfully impotent manifestation of the many wounds they bore, and inflicted on each other.
In the end, there is a big empty space where love should be, but too many precarious opportunities have already passed by.
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