The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by Getter of Mettel Ray and we will be reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to LGBTQ@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Getter!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of LGBTQ+ Movies..…
Number of Times Seen – 3 (9 May 2006, 4 Nov 2013 and 3 Mar 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Two lonely cowboys meet and fall in love during the summer that they must tend a flock of sheep on a secluded mountain range.
My Take on it – This is a movie that has been debated so much over the years and even though I feel that I’ve tried to like it more, it never works for me.
In a movie I don;t care about the gender of the participants on a relationship, but I do care that they present things in a way that it feels plausible and believable.
Unfortunately, even after seeing this film three times, I still can’t truly feel the love and connection between these two characters no matter how hard I try to see and understand it.
Both Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are great actors, but they have no chemistry together in this film and that doesn’t allow us to truly feel their pain ad anguish over the situation that they find themselves in.
The story is presently in a very choppy manner and this has much to do with the fact that they try too hard to tell a story that spans decades by focusing on various junctions along the way.
Unfortunately, they never seem to stay long enough in each of the sequences and that only allows us to experience snippets of their lives instead of something more comprehensive that would help make things much more complete.
This also hurts in the development of these characters who are never quite fleshed out enough for us to want to care even more about them or about what will happen to them along that journey.
The film’s musical score is great and its slow deliberate pace helps set the tone for the film.
Unfortunately tho, this film is still missing something that would make it even more enjoyable and interesting to watch because the premise is great just the execution is somewhat lacking.
Bottom Line – Interesting premise that just doesn’t work for me because I always find it so hard to believe the love story as presented. Both Ledger and Gyllenhaal are great actors, but neither is able to make us truly feel their pain and suffering. The story is also done in a somewhat choppy way in order for them to try and tell a story that spans a few decades and this only allows us to see snippets o their lives. This also doesn’t hep with the development of the characters since they don’t give enough time in most of the time jumps for us to get to know and care more about them. The music score is quite good and helps set the slow paced tone for things, but beyond that, this film was missing something that would have made it so much better and that’s actually quite a shame given the plot.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer Annie Proulx sent both Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger an original, autographed copy of her story. When she signed the copy to Jake she wrote “To Jake…” but when she signed the copy she had intended to give to Heath she signed it “To Ennis”. After writing out her personal message, she realized what she had done, and decided to let it be. At a private screening at Arclight in Hollywood, California, she reflected that Heath Ledger really was Ennis. She left the signed copy that way, because she had felt the actor embodied Ennis in every way she had imagined him. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. Even after watching this 3 times, I can’t feel the relationship between these characters and that hurts things too much.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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