“Brokeback Mountain” Movie Review

There are certain themes that are known to make good stories. For example, many successful films feature one or several love stories. However, the general convention is that the love story has to be heterosexual. Brokeback Mountain is a film that violates that convention and presents a love story between two men who also represent a distinct aspect of the American culture – cowboys. This film has attracted a lot of attention, both from the supporters and critics. Nevertheless, it is possible that among the discussion, the public might have forgotten about the major message of the film. Brokeback Mountain explores the genuine nature of male friendship and shows new perspectives on the male character types.

To begin with, it may be useful to provide an overview of the film, examining different elements of it. If one considers the themes that are explored in it, one will have to point out that Brokeback Mountain focuses on a number of issues. One of the major ones is the acceptability of a homosexual relationship between two men in the conservative America. It is clear that the time when the story is set did not approve of being openly gay. In addition to that, the two characters are cowboys which have serious cultural connections with other aspects of the American heritage. In other words, they are expected to promote the conservative values while they violate them. This contrast between the perceived image and the actions of the character may be the biggest source of controversy associated with the film.

It is worth mentioning that Brokeback Mountain was directed by Ang Lee who is a well-known director of films. On the one hand, some might point out that many of his works have a distinct action element. For example, Lee directed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Hulk: the first is a Chinese martial arts film, the second is a comic superhero film. On the other hand, Lee is also known to have directed dramas like The Ice Storm which is something similar to the two films mentioned above. However, one might suggest that every film that Lee makes, regardless of whether it is action-packed or not features a detailed examination of feelings of the characters. From this perspective, it is clear that Brokeback Mountain is a typical film for Lee.

One should focus specifically on the active performance and the manner in which it relates to cultural perspectives. Speaking of the casting, one should not that the two protagonists are played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. It is worth mentioning that the two are while male actors who have starred in other films and have a good reputation for their acting skills. They do not have any specific position regarding homosexuality other than not being homophobic. So, their choice to portray gay characters is somewhat surprising as it goes against the cultural perspectives that they are expected to projects. It is important to point out that the gay image that both actors creator is incompatible with the stereotypical gay image that is distributed by the homophobes. Clearly, the two actors tried to show the issue from a new perspective.

If one considers the technical elements of the film, one will be able to notice that they are designed to enhance the viewer’s experience. One should note that the dialogues in the film have been written in a manner that would remind the speech one might have heard in the previous decades. Though no archaic words were used, the character talks in a way that reminds that they re from the past. This is also amplified by their acting: both actors seem to be natural in their role, no action is forced upon them. Since the majority of the action is set outdoors there is little use of artificial lighting. However, the latter still plays an important part, often marking essential moments. The dietetic sound in the film is outstanding: it immerse the audience in the film. Finally, the camera angles show action from different perspectives.

Now, it may be logical to evaluate the film in question. I personally believe that it was able to live up to its expectations because it managed to have a profound effect on the audience, particularly me. I must point out that I was deeply affected by it because the film opened my eyes to the possibility of the existence of the backside of the conventional elements of the culture, particularly cowboys.

I believe that the themes that are depicted in Brokeback Mountain are not appropriate to the genre; however, it is this contradiction that contributes to the effect that the film has on the audience. The genre of this film is often described as neo-Western. There are some elements that are clearly present in it like focus on action set outdoors and strong-willed characters who rely on themselves, but some elements are missing as well like action or shooting. Nevertheless, one should note that the film in question might expand the definition of neo-Western, contributing new elements to it. That is why it would be logical to state that it has also had a serious effect on the genre itself.

There were a lot of elements depicted in the film that was new to me. For example, prior to viewing it, I did not have any particular understanding of what the actual cowboys did. Obviously, I did have a general understanding of their work. However, I knew how they acted when they were hired. Another point that should be mentioned in this regard is that I came to the understanding that the protagonists were not gay, but rather bisexual. There are scenes in the film when they are engaged in passion involving women. So, I believe that this film expanded my understanding of sexuality.

If I were to compare the film with others that I know, I would have to point out that it stands out in many aspects. First of all, I believe that it is one of the few films that are categories as Westerns that do not have a gunfight. This is something that confuses me as the aesthetics of the film is clearly Western, yet it lacks some of the most recognizable elements of it. Secondly, I would have to admit that the intimate relationship between the two men is presented from a completely new perspective: it is not glamorized or condemned: it is just shown as an element of reality that the audience is expected to accept.

Having examined all the points that were mentioned in the paragraphs above, one is able to come to the following conclusion: Brokeback Mountain is a kind of films that expand the meaning of the genre and various cultural aspects. It explores the issue of sexuality and whether it can be a part of something that is largely considered to be the conservative American values set. This may be the source of the profound impact that the film has on the audience: it shows a completely new story that dramatically contradicts that what is expected, yet does not seem to be bizarre. There is no doubt that this film should be seen as an important milestone in the development of the cinema.

Works cited

Lee, Ang, director. Brokeback mountain. Focus Features, 2005.

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