Every December we are inundated with all these movies that studios want to save for holiday season and more importantly, Oscar consideration. There are a few I am really excited to see for example, the huge blockbuster King Kong, the romantic comedy Rumor Has It, and the what I like to call Clooney-Damon-Genre movie, Syriana. I was lucky enough to get to see the Indie cowboy flick, Brokeback Mountain and it's just one of those films I am still thinking about a week later. I can't wait for it to be in theaters so I can finally talk to more people about the fabulous film.
By now you have heard it is the gay cowboy movie, but it is so much more than that. It's a classic story about forbidden love set in the breathtaking landscape of Wyoming. The movie takes you on an emotional, honest, heart wrenching ride. Heath and Jake deserve recognition from the industry and their peers for their performances in this film, especially Heath. While this is Jake's best performance to date, Heath steals the show.
Here's a pic of Jake at the LA premiere (Heath was a no show but I am hoping he is at the NYC premiere next week) More of the review so
I don't want to ruin the film for anyone so I won't give away too much. The movie begins in 1963 when Jake (Jack Twist) and Heath (Ennis Del Mar) begin to work together over the summer. After a lonely cold summer turns into a lovely fun time for the two of them, their secret begins. After summer ends, life brings Jake back to his Rodeo life and Heath moves on to marry Michelle Williams. It is not until 4 years later when a visit from Jake, that we notice how long and real their love is for each other. Keeping the secret alive Jake also marries (Anne Hathaway) and they continue to have children and normal lives with the exception of their many fishing trips each year. The ladies are also a fabulous addition to the cast. Kudos to Michelle for her small part which is much more challenging than anything she has ever done before. Anne is hilarious as time goes on and her hair changes and her nail become long, fake and horribly polished. In the end, I promise you will be crying and the music doesn't help much either. Ang Lee did a wonderful job of making you really feel the love between these people.
People need to realize this is film is for everyone - you should bring your husband, boyfriend, lover, or best friend but just make sure you see it. You may want to skip seeing with mom and dad, but they would probably like it too. There are just a few of those scenes that you may feel awkward while sitting next to them. Trust me, I saw America Beauty with the rents and the opening Kevin Spacey masturbating scene just started things off all weird.