☆ Sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
2005 Ranked 👍🏼
I'm shocked it took me this long to see Brokeback Mountain finally. Ang Lee did a great job here, not only in shooting a difficult story but also with exceptional visuals and brilliant acting and bringing us back to the US in the 1960s. The story itself, about a secret love affair, is dealt with cleverly, and with qualities in the script, in the performance, and without cheap and easy following, which in itself is admirable of Ang Lee. I felt a bit that only one of the two cowboys was in love with the other - but this is my silly opinion probably. I didn't feel too much chemistry between the leads for some reason, but Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger were fantastic in each of their roles.
But most importantly, it seems to me that Brokeback Mountain also deals with the eternal topic of forbidden love, and in that way, manages to send the gay aspect of this love to the background. The biggest issue I had with the film was probably all the time jumps. I've never been a fan of extreme time jumps, and this one just threw me off. It works well with its slow pace; however, it felt off-putting with the story for some reason. Other than that, this film is a beautiful and touching portrait of a love story between two people that I can only classify as universal. Not an easy film to watch, then, but it repays close study and patience, and some of its lines and images will stay with you for a long time after the credits roll.
I really liked it, but I didn't love it? It will probably take me another watch to fully appreciate what this film has to offer.