I remember reading the book almost a year ago, it was short but such a good read. The film had allot to live up to and considering the crap-o-rama that was “The Hulk”, Ang Lee had to really pull this one off.
The film is much like the book, which was very comforting even the “sex” scenes were hardly that, and were done really quite tastefully. Heath Ledgers performance was especially breathtaking, you can totally see that he was 100% committed to this role and Jake’s performance is also top notch. It’s unprecedented that two major mainstream actors play gay characters in a gay love story, this is obviously a reflection of changing times. Yet, has society changed that much? Is it truly more tolerant?
Do you see homosexual couples be they men or women holding hands or kissing in public? Or any other kind of public gesture between two men or women? The short answer for the most part is no. The world just isn’t “ready” for it apparently.
If actors like Jake and Heath continue making such positive portrayals of gay men AND highlight the socio-political issues and problems of “being who you want to be”, then we can see some massive changes within western societies in particular over the course of the next thirty years.
Gay or Bi?
A friend of mine mentioned that the characters of Brokeback Mountain are actually Bi, rather than gay. To which i disagreed. My point was that while they both did marry and have children with women (obviously :-p), their hearts belonged to each other. If given a choice, without any pressure or stigma from the socio-political structure imposed on them, they would have EASILY chosen each other, rather than marry and conform to what society dictates. It’s all about choice, I think.
One could argue that they chose to marry women, but consistently in the film they both are unhappy with their marriages and that Jack’s dream of sharing a ranch with Ennis keeps him going. Hope is the quintessential driving force behind Jack’s feelings toward Ennis, for more than 10 years he hopes that one day Ennis will come around to his way of thinking and go against what society demands. This doesn’t happen.
In the end it’s a bitter-sweet affair, leaving you gut-wrenched wanting them to “do right” and be together, but instead you are left reflecting about how hard and often difficult it is being gay or bi and how that fits in with the ever changing socio-political structure.