I’m trying to get ready for my trip to Chicago tomorrow, so I’m limiting myself to five minutes on this, but I wanted to state publicly:
This movie is crushingly beautiful.
I’ve read here and there (no links, no time) mini-reviews that suggested that the movie was, without the gay/bi element, basically weak.
To that, I have to wonder: were we watching the same movie? Because first of all, I don’t think it’s even relevant to consider what the movie would be without the gay/bi element — it’s a primary part of the story.
On the other hand, this is a classic tale of the obstacles faced by true love, and of fear getting in the way of happiness. This story has been filmed many, many times in many, many ways with varying degrees of drama and emotional fallout. This just happens to be one that is very compelling and extremely effective at making the viewer feel the heart-wrenching dilemma of its central characters.
And those characters happen to be gay/bi cowboys.
It was a beautiful film. Ang Lee deserves heaps of awards, Heath Ledger deserves heaps of awards, Rodrigo Prieto deserves heaps of awards, et cetera et cetera.
And that’s my five-minute mini-review. Down the hatch.