For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Alternate Love Story Movies, here’s a review of Brokeback Mountain (2005) by Satu of Fairytale Pictures
Thanks again to Abbi of Abbiosbiston.com for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Tim of FilmFunkel We will be reviewing our favorite Found Footage movies. In order to get a better idea as to what this genre might include, check out this post by Tim.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of December by sending them to TisTheFFSeason@movierob.net Try to think out of the box! Great choice Tim!
Let’s see what Satu thought of this movie:
Not my usual style of reviewing but it’s nice to have change so I stole Rob’s style.
Number of Times Seen – No idea. Multiple. At least once a year.
Brief Synopsis – “The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years. “ (Stolen from IMDb)
My Take on it – I’m trying to be objective. Brokeback Mountain is giftedly acted, superbly directed and beautifully shot love story that is the most heart-breaking film ever made. Jake Gyllenhaal and especially Heath Ledger are probably giving their career-best performances in this drama. At least the latter was, to me his Ennis Del Mar is better than his take on Joker in The Dark Knight and that is a lot. Heath Ledger was a genius when it comes to acting. The “I swear” –scene is so gut wrenching that it’s hard to breath while watching it. Even if you’ve seen it ten times. It is just so good.
Brokeback Mountain won three Oscars for original score (one of the best ones ever made and especially suited to the films mood), for directing (duh!) and for adapted screenplay (everyone should read the original short story, it’s even sadder if possible). It was up for eight in total, the rest five for best actor, best supporting actor, best supporting actress (Michelle Williams), best cinematography and the best picture. While I can admit that the first four categories had deserved winners… although there and there with George Clooney in Syriana beating Gyllenhaal or Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener beating Williams or well, this is unbelievably sad but also late Philip Seymour Hoffman beating Ledger and hell, even though Memoirs of a Geisha is really beautiful film, I’m not sure if it’s better in cinematography. BUT the best picture. Crash?! Unbelievably mediocre, piece of s*it, CRASH? The best picture? Over Brokeback Mountain? (So much for my objectivity…) No. The biggest injustice in the history of the Oscars.
Bottom Line – Brokeback Mountain is one of the best love stories ever filmed. It’s one of the saddest stories ever filmed. It’s horrible that something like that could still happen in today’s world. This film is my all-time favourite film, so yes, I do recommend it.
My Favorite Trivia – The poster for Brokeback Mountain was intentionally designed to resemble the poster Titanic.
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Definitely and then again no. It’s still a film that causes a lot of contradictions but it shouldn’t. If taken as a forbidden love story there’s really that much new except the dramatic ending. But this is the one to debate on, so I say yes, it’s worthy.
Rating – Above everything