Despite having been released years ago, “Brokeback Mountain” still hits you like an arrow to the heart the first time, and then every time, you see it. Not only is a critical triumph for both Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, it is a landmark film for the LGBT community. Plus it has horses, hot gay men, and hot gay men riding horses so it is right up my alley.
The premise is a love story of two Wyoming ranch hands (Ledger and Gyllenhaal) whose internal feelings and external world drive them from desiring one another to denial. The movie is based off of a short story written by Annie Proulx, and manages very well to bring the emotional tale to the big screen in a way that most adaptations fail.
The story takes place in 1963 Wyoming, where Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) are hired to herd sheep on Brokeback Mountain. One thing (a bottle of whiskey) leads to another, and one night the two decide to share their bedroll. The sex between the men is subtle, yet you feel the passion without having to see the action. This is nothing like a gay porn flick with tubes of lube being tossed about, but a true love story during a time when that type of love was prohibited. Surely their lives would have been easier if they had the sexual release of today’s male masturbators like these Fleshlight reviews.
Shot in Alberta, Canada, both the beauty and terror of the terrain mirror the conflict between the two main characters who both verbally deny being queer. When spotted by their boss in a compromising position, they both move on to form “straight” worlds of their own far away from each other.
Fast forward four years and both men are married with children, living the necessary lie in order to be accepted in society at that time. This, until Jack decides to pay a visit to his former flame Ennis.
The story continues forward another 20 years, showing the shame the wives feel as they slowly realize the truth about their rough and rugged husbands. Deathly afraid of being discovered they never live the life they desire, but continue on in secrecy.
This is a monumental film in its depiction of how romantic love between men was perceived a mere 50 years ago. What makes it even more poignant is the rough backgrounds of these men, a direct contrast to what society expects from gay men.
If you haven’t seen “Brokeback Mountain” yet, you need to. This is nothing like gay porn the way some critics would have you believe, but rather a love story of two men who have everything to lose by admitting that love.