For those of you who know me, I am in love with Jake Gyllenhaal. For those of you who don’t know me, you will soon.
Brokeback Mountain, if you’ve never heard about it, is the story of two men living in the American West in the 1960’s who fall in love during a time when homosexuality is simply deemed unacceptable and is often punishable by death. The movie is mesmerizing.
Directed by Ang Lee (the first person of Asian descent to ever win the Best Director Oscar), the film is a wonderful juxtaposition of the stark landscape of the American West and the soft and delicate relationship of these two men trying to understand how to act upon their feelings.
The wives of the two men, played by Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams, do a fantastic job of illustrating the customs and practices held by woman of this time. Both play incredibly strong women, which also adds to the incredibly moving plot of the story. The movie was highly considered to be a front runner for the Best Picture Academy Award of 2005, but lost to Crash.
The movie has sparked a whole world of conversation about whether the men were homosexual or bisexual. Opinions have been argued on either end of the case, but Jake Gyllenhaal did say that he approached the film as though the two men (Heath Ledger and himself) were in fact straight men who simply fell in love. The incredible thing about the movie is the masculinity that is brought to the roles by Ledger and Gyllenhaal. The acting in the film is stunning. Both men bring an incredible amount of power and force to the film that even during the scenes that feel vulnerable and exposed, the viewer is never taken out of the scene, despite our knowledge of the fact that both actors are straight men.
Props to Gyllenhaal and Ledger for the massive amount of courage and passion displayed in the film. Now I have even more reasons to love my boy Jake.
This movie is on Netflix instant watch as well, so I highly recommend you watch it!!
Oh, I do love him indeed.