So, I finally saw Brokeback Mountain the other day. What a total disappointment. I spent most of the movie thinking “What, are we supposed to like these people?”. They’re both assholes. Selfish, cheating, lying assholes.
And the whole homosexuality thing was just an angle. You could have made the same movie with a straight couple, changing very little, and the film wouldn’t have got one per cent of the attention it did now. The biggest change would have to be in the death of Jack Twist, and Ennis only imagines that he was beaten to death. He may well have died the way his wife says.
The movie is a disjointed mess. Suddenly, someone has a kid and suddenly that kid is twelve and then someone else has married a third person and nobody gets older even though time apparently passes like a motherfuck even though it is rarely mentioned. It seems like they ripped out every second page of the screenplay. I haven’t read the book, but I imagine it contains a lot of material never filmed.
The best example: the Thanksgiving dinner in the Del Mar household. I kept wondering why Alma’s boss was at their (very small) Thanksgiving dinner, and then a few scenes later we find out that he is now Alma’s husband. Thanks for the heads-up, guys.
Oh, and the sex scene was freaking horrible. It looked more like a rape than anything.
And this is the movie for which I’ve heard nothing but praise and Oscar nominations. Speaking as a politically correct leftist pansexual, the only reason it’s been so lauded is because the protagonists are two guys, which doesn’t even have much bearing on the story. Pity.