Brokeback Mountain

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, and Princess Diaries! 
Directed By: Ang Lee 
Rated: R for nudity, sexuality and language 

Final Grade: 

In a time where everyone is looking for that film of the year, Brokeback Mountain came out in theaters. Ang Lee’s gay cowboy movie; (as everyone is referring to it as) pushes boundaries and gives some homophobic people a true scare. What they don’t notice is that the film is well directed and has a interesting story behind it. The acting is great, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal do an excellent job with a very challenging role for them. However, the film isn’t worth all the hype. While it has solid performances and an edgy story, I was kind of bored by it and really didn’t care in the end.

What may stand out as the downfall of the film is the somewhat weird ending that involves weird shirt fondling. On top of that there are scenes that you can tell Ang is being too artistic for his own good. The perfect example the “firework” scene where they show a macho looking Ledger standing in front of a firework filled sky. It’s so arty and cheesy looking that for me it didn’t fit with the rest of the film. Also I wasn’t that impressed with Michelle Williams performance despite all the critical acclaim. I thought it was over the top and rediculous. It could have just been how the character was written, but she acted very over dramatic in every scene that she was in and I thought it stuck out like a sore thumb.

And now for what everyone is worried about: The Gayness! Rest assured homophobic peoples of the world. It’s not as gay as one would think! In fact I thought the film was saying that “Being Gay is something that you have to hide and no one should know. On top of that being gay can ruin families.” And the gay scenes that are actually in the film are not that graphic. They are quick little bursts that only take a minute combined at most. We’ve seen more gay action in other films in previous years. So the gay stuff isn’t being shown, or really even being promoted as a good thing in the film, But many people won’t give the film a chance to learn what it really is about anyway.