Monday, January 9, 2006

Brokeback Mountain

I was well aware of the buzz surrounding this movie - it was the main reason I decided to go see it. That and Ang Lee being the director.

So I went to see it and, now that I see all the additional awards this movie is racking up, I can't seem to figure out why.

It's an OK movie, a decent story, the acting is good (especially Michelle Williams), and the cinematography is pretty good too. But it's not as fantastic as all this buzz makes it out to be.

Actually, I think I do. There's nothing else about this movie that could be causing so much of a fuss - it has to be the issues the movie touches on.

One actor who simultaneously has another movie out (casanova) where he plays his usual, womanizing self. The other actor is a lesser-known, but also "cute" guy.

And in this movie they make out and have sex in what has to be one of the weirdest "love" scenes I've ever seen. It's not even a love scene, it's a sex scene. The same way pornography gets ridiculed for it's flimsy (if any) storylines that lead to sexual romps, so too should this movie be reprimanded. It seems gratuitous to me.

And it also seems that people are pushing it because it throws a controversial subject at the conservative viewpoint.

I'm all for bashing conservatives on certain things, but when it too becomes gratuitous, just for the sake of bashing - it ceases to mean anything to me. And in the context of a movie - I don't think there's any room for it.

It's a decent movie, sure, but before you go out and see it you should be aware of why there is so much of a buzz out there for it.


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