Movie Review: Brokeback Mountain (2005)


The wallpaper/poster says it perfectly, love is a force of nature. Seeing how some people know how to love unconditionally and how powerful true love can be it is no surprise that the people who made the poster chose it as the catchphrase for the movie. And while I have not experienced true love in that sense, I do believe that it exists. Anyone can experience it.

Cowboys and cowgirls… “Brokeback Mountain”.

This movie is about cowboys Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger, R.I.P) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the relationship they form that lasts over the years. It’s just that this is in the 1960’s and they both seem straight on the outside so they have to keep it secret among people. So we follow them to see how their realtionship evolve and how they try to solve their family problems. And while my description kind of sucks, the plot of the movie is fantastic! It is thoughtful and really heartbreaking. This is a plot that presents itself very well and decides to show off some great emotional weight. Is is interesting to see how their relationship evolves over the years and how they try to overcome different issues in their lives.

The characters in the movie all feel like they could be actual people. They are all really well-written and also to add on that, realistically written. And let’s get this out of the way, the acting is terrific in the movie. Heath Ledger is fantastic as Ennis, showing off that he was a great actor and not just a pretty face. And Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack is also terrific, and I am not just saying that because of Gyllenhaal being one of my favorite actors, he is truly great. They both show off a lot of emotions in the movie and they give truly heartbreaking and powerful performances. And every other actor in the movie are also great.

The score by Gustavo Santaolalla is fantastic. If Ledger and Gyllenhaal helped hold up the movie with powerful performances, Santaolalla helps hold it up with a powerful score. It is mainly based in acoustic guitar but manages to be more emotional than most scores that have a full orchestra playing. The score, while simple, shows off so many emotions in the way it sounds that it manages to make a simple shot of a landscape emotionally powerful. Also, if you don’t like country music then you will not like certain parts of the music in the movie because they are playing some country music occasionally in the movie. But I think all the music in the movie worked, especially the great score.

This movie is just gorgeous to look at. Ang Lee made a beautiful movie here with some breathtaking shots of the Wyoming landscape. After seeing this, I forgive him for making 2003’s “Hulk”. Also, this movie is apparently based on a short story by Annie Proulx. I have not read it, so don’t ask me what hte short story is like. But I bet that it might be good. I mean, if it translates this well into a movie.

This is a really well-received movie. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 87% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 87/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars. And on it has a score of 7,7/10. The movie also happened to win 3 Oscars in the categories of Best director, Best adapted screenplay and Best Original Score. It was also nominated for another 5 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actor (Ledger), Best Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal), Bes Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams) and Best cinematography. 

“Brokeback Mountain” is a terrific movie with an emotionally powerful story, terrific performances, a fantastic original score and some fantastic direction/camera work. Time for the final score. *ahem* My final score for “Brokeback Mountain” is a 9,86/10. Of course it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Seal of Approval

Review of “Brokeback Mountain” is done.




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