Sunday, December 11, 2005

Heart-Broken by "Brokeback"

But in a good way. See "Brokeback Mountain." The movie is very faithful to the story and manages to capture the bleak and haunting loneliness of the story, even while Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana have expanded the film to narrate the lives of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist after they leave their oasis on the mountain. Heath Ledger gives an absolutely astonishing performance that is the definition of nuance. He is the movie--so subtle and affecting that every twitch of his eye and quiet cowboy grunt had my heart in a vise. This is probably the best celluloid love story I've ever seen. Seriously--everything else I can think of seems fake and over-acted in comparison. But be prepared. This sucker will tear your heart out.

Update: I saw the movie again. It was even better the second time. Also, I re-read "Brokeback Mountain" and it's amazing how much of the dialogue and details come directly from a 15 page short story. Maybe this is why movies based on novels are often disappointing--there's an attempt to cover too much material in too little time, to shove it all in there, whereas there's more breathing room with a short.


Blogger black feline said...

Brokeback Mountain has yet to hit town..on the other side of the planet. I saw the trailer..spectacular scenery..Lee Ang did a fantastic job..just a question..can two guys really love one another?

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