Two men develop a secret and forbidden romance
that threatens to change everything in their lives.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Directed by Ang Lee
Written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
Starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, David Harbour, Anna Faris
Based on the short story by Annie Proulx
Oscar Wins - Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay,
Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla)
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor (Heath Ledger), Best Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Cinematography
In my humble opinion, Brokeback Mountain being beat by Crash for Best Picture is the biggest snub in Oscar history. Ang Lee directs this beautiful film, adding to his already impressive resume. We have a beloved, fallen actor, Heath Ledger, and an all time fan favorite with Jake Gyllenhaal in this perfectly showcased story about two males tussling with their emotions.
Ledger and Gyllenhaal kick off this account of two 1960’s cowboy with slow dialogue and incredible facial expressions. It’s a slow romantic burn that allows the audience to just understand relationships, regardless of the two parties involved. The chemistry between these two is impeccable and worth a watch if you enjoy two actors performing at an extremely high level. This is an instant classic that will last forever, as it deals with important social realizations and what it means to be honest with those whom we love.
The two cowboys are assigned a herding job together and they find a connection while they are alone on the mountain. When the audience is brought back to reality, introducing Alma (Michelle Williams) and Lureen (Anne Hathaway), their worlds collide when they visit a good while after their transformative experience on the mountain. Heath and Jake turn it into overdrive as this film takes course, stirring our hearts, hoping for happiness between the two.
The final act delivers some of the most gut wrenching scenes we have ever seen strung together. It relies on the actors to portray these heavy, thought provoking experiences in a manner that is relatable and respectable. This is an absolute must see, and that’s not just an opinion.