Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Brokeback Mountain

Well I can see that it is a great film although it is slow-moving to start. If you watch it all the way through and you don't have tears in your eyes at any point, you are probably "a real man!"

"Tell the truth and shame the devil." is what my dear old mother used to say. I never had to tell her I was gay however. Back in the era of this film the very word scarcely existed. At the beginning Ennis and Jack have to hide their feelings from each other and most importantly from themselves. Traditional Westerns are about the theme "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." and curiously so is this. I will seek strenuously to avoid any spoilers. I think it is fair to say Ennis and Jack feel forced into roles, marriage and family, which really do not suit them.

Are they going to live how they want to live and face the (dire) consequences or are they going to settle for unhappiness?

We have all faced difficult situations though hopefully not usually as difficult as these two star-crossed lovers. And how many of us have settled for unhappiness because it seems easier?

What do you think? If you have seen the film what did you make of it?



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