Yes. Not knowing what to expect, other than gay cowboys, I went along with Erika to see Brokeback Mountain. Considering the first few minutes of the movie NO-ONE talks, I was starting to think that maybe it wasn't such a good idea.
Also, in the first few scenes, Jake Glynenhall (or however you spell it) leans suggestively on the back of his pick-up... And because every is expecting a gay cowboy movie, we laughed, cos he's like leaning towards Heath Ledger going "ooooo yeah, look at ma sexy body!" hehehehNote: if you haven't yet seen the movie, but are intending on doing so, avert your eyes. If you're interested but don't wanna pay to see it, I'll give you my run through now.
So yes. Heath and Jake are strangers who show up at a ranch type place looking for work in the summer. And this guy says he needs two fellas up on Brokeback Mountain to look after sheep, or something, and so that's it. Jake and Heath pack up and head on up. Now Heath's your strong, silent type, where as Jake just rambles on and on until someone stops him... and cos there's just the two of them, there is no-one else. So he rambles. just like me.
And they carry on, looking after sheep and stuff, with not much happening. The odd run in with a bear or a deer (oh i rhyme) and that's about it. Then suddenly, one night, at dinner time, they get a little drunk. I mean what else is there to do stuck up on a mountain, right?? Then it's cold. Heath, being the man he is, says that he'll sleep outside by the fire while Jake can sleep in the tent. Jake says it's far too cold, he'll freeze once the fire goes out, but Heath's all "i am man, hear me roar" and stays outside. But during the night, Jake wakes up hearing Heath's teeth chattering cos he's freezing, so he demands that he comes inside. So he does, cos Heath doesn't wanna die. Then, when Jake thinks Heath is asleep, he reaches out for his arm and drapes it across his chest, so they're spooning. Then Heath, in his drunkeness, wakes up and is like "huh?" but Jake knows what he wants and they go for it. At this stage I turn to Erika and say "Cos you just crack into it, just like that!" and she's like "Would you just be like, 'yeah, sure.. ok' ??" And they have sex, quite violently actually. And cos I read Womens' Day i know that they actually hurt each other filming that.
Then, the boys are slightly confused, claim that neither of them are gay, but they keep doing it. They wrestle and kiss and cuddle and stuff. Then they come down from Brokeback, go their seperate ways, get married and have kids, but continue to meet up for "fishing weekends" every month. But as Heath's wife so astutely pointed out, "you never bring any fish home, and you know how much me and the girls like fish." In the end, Heath gets divorced but doesn't wanna shack up with Jake, who thought Heath's divorce was his chance to leave his wife and lie with Heath up in the mountains. But Heath says no, and Jake's upset and says "this is one son of a bitch of an unsatisfactory situation
" and then somethig really cute, but in a hick accent. "I wish I knew how to quit you
." It was cute.
In the end, Heath finds out that Jake was killed. The story was that he was changing a tyre and it blew up in his face, but Heath knows it's cos he was gay. (this relates back to something earlier in the movie.)
And Heath lives alone for the rest of ever with a bloody shirt of Jake's.
Right. I think it was good, better than just good but not super good. I mean, good, but I don't see why it's winning awards and stuff, other than for the fact it had the guts to tackle something no other mainstream movie ever has - homosexual men. And the acting was good. But I have two things to moan about.
1) There's no real emotional connection shown before they just launch into it. I mean, two guys who claim to have no real interest in other blokes before... you'd think there'd have to be some sort of connection before they felt comfortable with that. As my friend said "a guy and a girl would bang each other without emotional connection because it happens all the time, but a guy and a guy wouldn't just go for it." so yeah. But maybe that's the hopeless romantic in me crying out for attention - I wanted some gushy emo! I cried though, when Jake died...
2) They never said they loved each other. Is this a manly thing? I know that Jake loved Heath but Heath never looked as into it as Jake was. Saying that, it wasn't a one way street. I mean, you pretty much knew Heath loved Jake with how he reacted when he knew Jake was dead. That's when I cried. But yeah... I just wanted to know if a man saying he loves another man was just too much. I mean, sure, anal sex, that's fine, but love... No way. That's just not possible.
but yeah. i liked it. something i don't think my dad would like, but something I think he should see cos it'll open up his views on that type of thing.
Being a cricketer, I can't escape homosexuality. It's everywhere I turn, and I have no problem with that. While it's not something I'd be keen on, I have no issues with other people. I mean I'm hardly in the position to object to it, am i? There are four girls in my indoor team who "swing the other way" and to be honest, I couldn't care less. It doesn't change them in any way and I think the world of them all.
And one of the funniest guys I knew at school was gay, and the best thing was he was comfortable with it. And it was awesome being able to talk about hot guys with him. He was class. Yay for Josh!
As Carson would say "Cheers for the Queers!!!!"