Sunday, January 15, 2006

Brokeback Boredom

I saw Brokeback Mountain last night. I don't really understand why this is considered a favorite to win the Oscar.

To me, it was just long and boring. I guess the acting was good... in that they come across as very boring, which is very realistic, as most of us come across as very boring as well.

The story dragged like your dog's ass across the carpet. As Nate pointed out, we never really learn why these cowboys fell in love (if they were in love, instead of just lust). Other than the fact that they were alone on a mountain together, I can't figure that out.1

One of the reasons I didn't like it is because the movie had an opportunity to try and show us how difficult it would have been for two homosexuals to deal with what the rest of the community would violently shun. But, instead it was just a story about two gay cowboys for whom it was hard to feel any sympathy.

But, the biggest reason I didn't like the movie is that I really think the only reason this movie was made was because it was about gay cowboys. The plot2 didn't do anything... there was no story. If the two main characters had been a man and a woman who were cheating on their spouses with each other, this movie would have never been made. And, if it had, it would deserve the 2,347 thumbs down that it would have received. Oh well.

Maybe the short story this is based from is good. But, the movie was overrated. It reminded me of The English Patient, another boring movie that received way too much hype.

1Plus, if it was just lust... this is a totally unrealistic portrayal of cowboy love. There were thousands of sheep on that mountain, and these guys choose to bang each other? Come on.
2Ha! What plot?


At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would a guy really choose to bang a sheep over Heath Ledger or Jake Gyllenhall?

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Unreasonable Man said...

Screwing cattle and other quadrapeds is an old joke about cowboys... surely you've heard of it.

For example:
Q: Why did the cowboy screw his sheep by the edge of a cliff?
A: So the sheep would push back.


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