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Like a shot through the heart...,
I went to see Brokeback Mountain not really knowing what to expect. I had heard about it on the radio, on TV, and even in Saturday Night Live skits--and I had to see what all the buzz was about. So I picked up the short story by Annie Proulx (which was FANTASTIC) and then headed to the theater. I am so glad that I went to see this film!
Brokeback is, as everyone already knows, the story of two "gay cowboys" who fall in love one summer in Wyoming. But really, that is only the surface of what this film is truly about. At its core, Brokeback is a romance that focuses on repressed love, longing, and the struggles of relationships. For these reasons, I believe that it can be relatable to anyone, gay or straight. It is also a film about acceptance--and the pressures society places on all individuals to conform to whatever is considered "normal." These are obstacles that we all face in today's world--and this film sends a powerful message about the need to respect all people (even if they are different from ourselves).
The performances by Heath and Jake are extraordinary, the scenery is fantastic, and Gustavo Santaolalla's score is beautifully haunting. The love, pain, and desire that all of the characters feel is completely believable; I hope that this film is given major attention at Oscar time.
I would highly recommend this film, but it is certainly not for everyone. Open-mindedness is a must!!! Also, a warning: Expect to leave the theater feeling like you've been shot through the heart...and expect this film to stay with you for a very long time afterward!