Posted by Danny at 1:00 AMLabels: Look What Danny Watched, Project Valentine
Since I spent three of the last four days watching Twilight movies, it seemed like a natural next step to watch a few days of gay-themed movies. Too easy, I know. Anyway, tonight starts the next block of Project Valentine - Dude, That's So Gay.
I feel like I have to get something out of the way up front. I am going to watch every movie on my list with an open mind and an open heart. That said, this is still Look What Danny Made!, and sometimes jokes just have to get made. I joke equally because I love equally.
Because it's probably one of the most visible and talked about movies of the last decade, Brokeback Mountain is the movie I've chosen to lead off with. I've seen it before, but that was a few years ago, so I feel like I'm still coming to it with fresh eyes.
Now, before I get into the movie, I have to tell you what I thought of the very first time I heard its plot described. Are there any other South Park watchers here? Maybe you remember in one of the early, early episodes when an independent film festival comes to town, and Cartman refuses to go see any of them because "all independent movies are about gay cowboys eating pudding." And then this happens...
So anyway, that's what came to mind when I first heard of Brokeback Mountain.
This movie is the story of two young cowboys who are hired as shepherds for a summer on Brokeback Mountain. They fall in love, and the movie follows the course of their relationship over the next twenty years, during which time each is married, has children, and struggles with his desires for a different life.
I apologize - I'm not going to do this movie justice in my review tonight. I'm afraid I'm just too sleepy, so I've got to keep it a little shorter than usual. I'll say this - a few times a decade, a movie comes out that is so pivotal and so influential, that it becomes a focal point for all kinds of attention that its makers probably never even intended. I think that this movie was one of those, and when that happens, amidst all of the discussion, hype, and attention, you sometimes grow tired of hearing about it, and forget that the movie which started it all is a very good movie. Brokeback Mountain is a very good movie.
I'm not saying anything new here, but watching Heath Ledger in this makes me sad all over again for his early death. The guy had a lifetime of great performances ahead of him. I've never, ever liked Randy Quaid, not even in the National Lampoon movies, but I'll say that he's pretty well suited to play a jerk, which he has the chance to do in this movie.
RATING - I give this one five sheep out of five.