After chewing ass at DirecTV I ended up with 6 months of HBO and Showtime for free. The gf and I chuckled when we saw Brokeback Mountain was in rotation on HBO so I set the Tivo. I always wanted to check it out figuring it was a utter piece of cinematic crap and it was praised only because of the controversial subject matter. I was right.
It wasn’t terrible, tolerable if you are really bored. The bad? The movie has numerous issues that make it almost unwatchable. The film wants to be a western drama with beautiful scenery about cowboys(or sheepboys I guess), a half assed action movie, or a romance drama. The timeline of the movie jumps all over the place. Fadeout one scene, fade in the next and 5 years have passed and the viewer doesn’t really have much of an idea what the fuck is going on.
The acting also isn’t great from the main actors. Heath Ledger’s character mumbles like he doesn’t have a tongue and has half a tin of chew in his mouth. I honestly could not understand over half of what he said. Jake Gyllenhaal just plain sucked. He had the same blank expression on his face throughout the entire movie. I thought he was awesome in Donnie Darko but kinda blew it here(hehe).
Aside from that not much else happens in this movie. These two guys spend a summer herding sheep and fall in love I guess and the rest of the movie spans 20 years or so of them moving on with their lives while trying to stay in touch and keep there love affair going. Not much to keep you interested.
I will say it does have a few shining moments. There is a great(and brief) fight scene where Heath Ledger beats the crap out of two biker dudes. He said a great line to one of them. Something about knocking half his fucking teeth out if he didn’t fuck off. Again, he mumbles and you can’t really understand what he is saying. Secondly, there is a chick that my gf said was in Dawson’s Creek that shows her cans. And the main attraction(for me anyway)was seeing Disney princess Anne Hathaway’s boobs in all their glory. And let me tell ya…damn thems is niiiiice(Borat gives two thumbs up!).
So yeah, not that good. Not even a lot of on screen man loving, about the same of a tame Six Feet Under episode. In my opinion this movie didn’t deliver as a film or from all the hype surrounding it. I want those 2 hours of my life back.