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Brokeback Mountain
Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Linda Cardellini & Randy Quaid,
Genre: Drama / Gay
In Theaters: Dec 9th 2005

Review By:
Steve Moreau

School:
Ridgemont High, Class of '82

Favorite Quote:
Sometimes fame is just the downfall of people.

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Brokeback Mountain

Review By: Steve Moreau
SteveMoreau@TheCinemaSource.com

Brokeback Mountain does something that many movies have attempted in the past. It takes a common theme, in this case a love story between two people who must overcome some seemingly insurmountable obstacle to be together, and puts a new spin on it. Instead of Romeo and Juliet killing themselves over each other, it takes two star-crossed cowboys who happen to have some summer loving and they realize it's a little bit more that that. It is crafted so articulately by Ang Lee (Couching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and is paced perfectly that the story takes a second place to its overall graduer of the performances and scenery. The two leads, Heath Ledger (10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight’s Tale) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Jarhead, Donnie Darko), have a chemistry that rivals most couples in films of recent, and ignites the screen with such intensity, it leaves you wanting more. Brokeback Mountain is the classic American romance film in the most obscure way possible.

The script based on the short story by Annie Proulx the first was published in The New Yorker in 1997. It captivated readers, and was such a trailblazing piece that subsequently was a part of the huge gay movement shift in the arts in the late 1990's (Ellen, Queer As Folk, My Best Friend's Wedding) that it grabbed the film world's attention. Many directors tried to helm the project, including Gus Van Sant and Joel Schumacher, but no one had any luck because of the taboo story matter. That is until Lee took over, and well… rode off into sunset.

Ledger plays Ennis, a lonely, silent, and often brooding cattle herder who meets Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) in the summer of 1963. The two immediately see each other as competition and the guards are up. Both don't say a lot, and the silence is deafening. It's not until Jack opens up his tent, and his heart, to Ennis that the two finally realize they are both on the same side of the fence. The fireworks begin, love is in the air, and just like that


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