• R, 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Ang Lee
    In Theaters:
    Dec 9, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 4, 2006
  • Focus Features

Critic Review - 7M Pictures

The hubbub seems more politically driven in the wake of the gay marriage debate. And an Oscar win will be pandering to that.

December 30, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (2)
7M Pictures

Comments

Gabriel R.

Gabriel Rauch

What a shock that Conservative critic Kevin Carr gives the film a bad review. Sure, the man claims to not be homophobic, but I don't believe he respects and understands the severity of the issue. The fact that he dislikes BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN does not make him inherently homophobic, but I do question a significant portion of what he's saying.

"I know my fair share of gay men, and I honestly believe it?s a valid lifestyle choice."

>> Lifestyle choice? The fact that the great majority of Conservative Christians hate someone with different sexual orientations, and won't tolerate the idea of letting people different from them in this manner have a happy life, and feel the need to fabricate pathetically silly propaganda does not make homosexuality a "choice." Evidently, there is no valid evidence indicating that homosexuals choose to bare same-sex attractions and aren't indeed born with it. To those with disagreements, you honestly believe that an considerably large group of people is just "confused," or "lying to you"?

"I know that sometimes local attitudes can make a less-than-mainstream relationship problematic, but why didn?t they move somewhere more accepting of their lifestyle choice?"

>> Oh, maybe it was a result of Conservatives like yourself posing a problem for them wherever they went. Finding a homosexual accepting environment in those times wasn't simple, Kevin.

"The people in a certain area (in this film, Wyoming and Texas) are intolerant pigs. Nothing like painting your view of society with such a broad brush."

>> Yeah, well, it's still proven to be fucking true.

Aug 9 - 03:42 PM

J S.

J Swanson

"I hadn?t yet seen anything about gay cowboys eating pudding... until now.

While there?s no pudding anywhere to be found in ?Brokeback Mountain,? it definitely has gay cowboys. "

You just contradicted yourself in your opening remarks to make a joke that wasn't even funny. And now I'm supposed to believe the rest of your review will be an insightful guide to help me decide if I should invest my resources in this movie? Roiiight.


"They talk about getting a ranch together, but the threat of society?s wrath keeps them from doing it. And that?s frustrating to watch. It?s not like the film takes place in the 1860s. I know that sometimes local attitudes can make a less-than-mainstream relationship problematic, but why didn?t they move somewhere more accepting of their lifestyle choice?"

Three things:
* The film takes place in a much, *much* less accepting time. To quote Wikipedia, "The Castro [in San Francisco] is one of the United States' first and best-known gay neighborhoods [...] Having transformed from a working-class neighborhood through the 1960s and 1970s...". The film starts in the 60's. In my experience growing up in the Midwest, it lags several decades behind the coasts in many areas, including this one. There probably wasn't anywhere to go.
* How easy would you find it to leave the only life you've ever known, especially if you're poor, uneducated, and essentially unskilled? They couldn't effectively handle their feelings (for instance, by moving) precisely because of their background, and you fault them for behaving consistently. How insightful.
* If you call homosexuality a "lifestyle choice", you should call heterosexuality a "lifestyle choice" too. For instance, you yourself could choose to be celibate; I might even respect you for that lifestyle choice ;).


"The people in a certain area (in this film, Wyoming and Texas) are intolerant pigs. Nothing like painting your view of society with such a broad brush."

You're the one generalizing the attitudes portrayed in the film to all of society. The point of the film was certainly not to provide a cross-section of views on homosexuality in the 1960's; it's a love story that's intentionally a bit melodramatic.


You found the story dull, yet you didn't seem to understand the characters or their motivations and problems very well. I think you need an empathy upgrade. Your logic could certainly improve as well.

Feb 20 - 11:46 PM

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