Number of Times Seen – 2 (9 May 2006 and 4 Nov 2013)
Brief Synopsis – Two cowboys during the 1960’s meet over a summer which changes their lives forever.
My Take on it – Back in 2005, this movie caused a lot of controversy since a story about two (potentially) gay cowboys was hailed by liberals and shunned by conservatives.
The truth is that it shouldn’t matter to anyone if a love story is between a man and a woman, two men or even two women. What matters is that we can believe that their love is true and that is where I think this movie fails.
I watch movies in order to be transported into their world and believe the story can (or did) happen. Here, as much as I’ve tried, I can’t seem to believe that they both were in love and that is what is missing from this story. The idea and concept for this movie happens to be innovative, groundbreaking and unique, but the lack of believability is what makes it a failure IMHO.
Many people believe that Crash (2004) only won Best Picture in 2005 because of the controversy here over the gay storyline. I think Crash won because 2005 was an extremely weak Oscar year and the best movie of the year, Munich (2005) was too controversial on a political level (Israeli’s hunting down and killing Arab Terrorists who perpetrated the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre), and not on a social level.
Perhaps one day, a movie with a gay theme will be made that can truly make us believe it can happen, this just isn’t the movie to do so.
Bottom Line – Doesn’t live up to the hype at all. Interesting concept, just doesn’t work on a level that you really can believe they are in love. Disappointing.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy