Sunday, March 19, 2006

Broke Back Mountain


Genre: OffBeat/Reality
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal , Heath Ledger ,Michelle Williams , Randy Quaid
Director: Ang Lee

When do you call a movie entertaining or engrossing? Is it when it captures your imagination completely and makes you wonder why you never thought so? Is when it holds up a mirror and seems to say,”Hey here is your life..”..?Or is it when it shocks you…? Well there can be thousand answers…and still some will make you hold your breath, even when explanations are difficult to find.

I saw Ang Lee’s Broke Back Mountain this weekend. The film is based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx And it has been cinematized by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.Ang Lee has made a classic out the book, with stunning visuals of Wyoming and Texas.

Its says the story of two young men (played to perfection by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger) who set out as contract shepherds in the BrokeBack mountain at Signal, Wyoming in 1963.The story takes lead with the reluctant friendship of the men being replaced with an intense relationship with moments of intimacy and camaraderie. The story progresses with the two men coming down the next summer and getting separated only to meet after four long years, rediscover their love for each other and the forging of a life long relationship.

Skeptics may feel that it’s a Gay thing, but the movie speaks more than that, about love, friendship and camaraderie. About how these feelings often wins over time and perhaps always over death. About how the men still love their families but yet find fulfillment in each other.

Ang Lee has gifted us with one more treasure to relish. The visuals, the music, and the cast; everything has been chosen and played out with the utmost details. The story spans over 20 years and the changes in the world has been presented so perfectly that you never feel that anything is out of place.

The Movie is silent for most of the time…the characters speak just enough and at times the wind spoke more. The visuals seem pregnant with thoughts. But through the eyes of the protagonists, it was love, which spoke the most.