Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Brokeback Mountain

Click to see NY Times ReviewFinally, one of the best films of the year is in Chico.  We saw Brokeback Mountain (A+) today.  It's a love story.  There is a little sex, but mostly it's about two cowboys falling in love in 1963.  The story follows them for the next 20 years.  The setting is supposed to be the mountains in Wyoming; however, it was shot in the Canadian Rockies.  The scenery is beautiful.

The two men are beautiful too, and they both play their parts well.  I just saw Heath Ledger in Casanova a couple of weeks ago.  This is an entirely different character.  When an actor can do that, he's good.  I also saw Jake Gyllenhaal in Jarhead recently and he, too, is a different character in this movie.  More good acting.  Ang Lee directed this movie perfectly.

The sad, sad part of the story is that these men had to keep their love in the closet or literally be killed.  Both of them married and tried to live a "normal" life, but the attempts failed because they were not being real.

The Larry McMurtry/Diana Ossana screenplay is based on Annie Proulx's story.  Proulx's story was originally published in the New Yorker, but it is also in Wyoming Stories.  I read the story before seeing the movie and the screenplay did it justice.  Both were good.

I don't know how two manly cowboys would react if they were surprised by their love for each other, but I imagine this story could be spot on.

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