Two sheepherders in 1963 Wyoming become involved in an increasingly passionate affair, but hiding the relationship from their wives proves agonizing.
Runtime: 2hr 14m
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Graham Beckel, Scott Michael Campbell, David Harbour, Kate Mara
Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/70023965
“Brokeback Mountain” is about two 19 yr old men who go to work for a ranch handler in Wyoming in the summer of 1963, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal). Ennis is shy, quiet, and seems somewhat troubled; Jack is outgoing and likes to talk. Whilst up on Brokeback Mountain, Ennis and Jack form a friendship, which turns into something more, that of which could turn ugly and deadly if people were to find out. The two fall in love on Brokeback Mountain, but at the end of the Summer have to part ways. Ennis gets married and has two children, Jack gets married and has a son. Four years later they meet up, and the love between them has grown stronger, and that love takes them through a 20 year affair which ends in a tragic and sad way.
While watching “Brokeback Mountain” I fully believed in the growing relationship between Ennis and Jack; and that is a testament to the amazing acting skills of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. It was also heartbreaking to watch Michelle Williams portrayal of Ennis’ wife Alma; as she realises that she is not only losing her husband, but that he was never really her’s in the first place.
“Brokeback Mountain” is basically about love and not about sex, as one might have been led to believe. In fact, the subject has been treated with the utmost good taste as the director doesn’t want to expose more than he has to. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Swift find one another and they have no problem in what they embark to. When the end of their herding days end, they walk away from each other without any promises of keeping in touch or meeting again.
When Ennis and Jack see each other after four years, it’s clear the feelings they have for one another have been bottled in their souls. Not even Alma Del Mar, who has seen them in a compromising way, can separate them. Alma realizes she can’t get between Ennis and Jack. It’s clear they share a passion that she, or Lureen, Jack’s wife cannot pull them apart. Even though this is something that is not meant to be, both men can’t let go of one another, even if it’s only meant to happen a couple of times a year.
Heath Ledger comes out better in his take of Ennis. His sensitive approach to the role shows a young actor giving an excellent performance and in total control of his craft. Jake Gyllenhaal, with his dark looks is also wonderful as Jack Twist.
The film shows a good director getting the best out of his team. The atmospheric music by Gustavo Santaolalla blends itself well with the story; but ultimately, the film belongs to Ang Lee who had a keen eye for making this story appealing.
Have you seen this film? Let us know your opinions in the comments below and of course if there are any films on Netflix UK you want us to review let us know!