Classically told love story, picturesque photography by Ang Lee, a with a deserving winner for best screenplay, musical score, and a trio of really good performance (led by Ledger)
The short story of Annie Proulx written by Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove)—wow- holy hell—and another example of adapting a short story maybe the right way to go for a feature film and a director who wants to do more than just film a screenplay
Gustavo Santaolalla’s minimal score – so beautiful- he’d actually win the Oscar again the following year for Babel
The film opens is a stunning of a long shot on the open prairie
You need subtitles for Heath- he doesn’t open his mouth to talk—Michelle Williams is magnificent and the wide-eyed Gyllenhaal— but in 2005 it’s Ledger who is the revelation (all three nominated)—he disappears here into characters
The quiet scenic splendor which fits the old Hollywood version of cinematography—establishing shots here like Legends of the Fall – Alberta here, some Wyoming location shooting—gorgeous mountains
I think there’s a bit of a nod here to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with both actors jumping off the ledge into the river together- here- both naked
A stunner of a wall art shot achievement with Ledger and the fireworks in the background
Final shot—postcard from Gyllenhaal, the window a a frame for the mountains
Brokeback should have won for best actor(Ledger),best supporting actor(Gyllenhaal),best supporting actress(Williams),best picture and best cinematography.The fact that Eddie Redmayne have an oscar and Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams don’t have an oscar piss me off.Shame on the academy.
Very nice movie, i like this movie a lot, but uh, it’s not like Apocalypse now losing to Kramer vs Kramer, i’m pretty sure that in a publication talk to someone about it, and we came to the conclusion that Brokeback mountain is not the best movie of 2005 if not Cache and The new world
It’s a very good film, but certainly not worthy of an Oscar sweep or decade-and-a-half later outrage at its ‘snubbing’. Ledger is astonishingly good in it and would have deserved a win… but I don’t begrudge PSH his one and only statue. Truth he told, the best performance of the year was Viggo Mortenson in the best film of the year A History of Violence.
Like TSPDT, I think this the best film of 2005. This is my opinion.
I think people were angry at the possible homophobic reason for why it was snubbed.
Hi @Azman. I think they are overvaluing it because it is a film as i would say, i do not know, i hope you understand me, in the same way that they emphasize humanistic and anti-war films.
Like for example Amour, I hope you understand me
People were angry because the film may have been snubbed for homosexual reasons. It was labelled the ‘gay cowboy movie’ (a label that greatly angered Heath ledger).
Some People from the academy admitted to refusing to watch it (most likely because of its label as the ‘gay cowboy movie’).
Some people chose not to watch it because some people didnt like the subject matter(homosexuality)
Whatever your beliefs are about objective or subjective evaluation or whatever, choosing not to watch the film (like some members of the academy did), because you dont want to see a gay love story is wrong especially since it’s the 21st century now.
I hope you understand and agree with me.
Certainly the most powerful one and the one that stick with you.PSH deserved it for The Master.Day Lewis in Lincoln is as good as PSH in Capote but everyone knows who the real winner is.This should have been Ledger’s year.Michelle Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal are more deserving than who won.It’s not History of Violence,New World or Cache who won for best picture.I can’t believe how Brokeback didn’t win for best Cinematography either.A year the academy should be ashamed of themselves.