Monday, January 16, 2006

Not Fake News Today

"The Art of Pain"
Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" is fearless, bold and a cinematic landmark.

I remember first hearing about this movie last year and reading articles of how some "in-the-know" Hollywood heavy hitters predicted that Jake Gyllenhaal's career was going to meet with a certain death after "Brokeback Mountain" opened. Submitting to the pop culture by producing meaningless unfunny comedies or slasher movies for the sake of a quick buck apparently sets the standards for bad predictions. Regardless of the outcome, Mr. Ledger and Mr. Gyllenhaal chose to participate in a movie about the human condition; and just as scary and dangerous as Jack's and Ennis' lives were, these actors proved they are fearless and have earned their place as powers not to be tossed about during producers' power lunches prediction hours.

Neglecting your soul and the ramifications that accompany that depravation provides the core foundation of this brilliant achievement in story telling. From the outbursts of violent behavior, the crying while vomiting, and forcing yourself to deprive yourself of the one true light in your heart shapes all of the moments in Brokeback Mountain. The temptation Mr. Lee must have had to focus the pain on the two characters thankfully did not come to fruition. Mr. Lee's finely tuned sensibilities allowed every character in this movie an opportunity to submerge into the intense pain of starving souls.


The wives of these men, their children, Ennis' father who probably killed a gay man, and the men who probably killed the other gay men in this movie are reverberations of how powerful love is when it has to be let out and isn't.

And when Ennis visits Jack's parents, their pain of never knowing or understanding their son brings to mind that denial of the true soul each of us has been given affects people in places we may not even realize.

The violence is the physical expression of the hidden anger and is necessary to be told in "Brokeback Mountain". I imagine most of the gay bashers and haters are internally angry that they cannot express their true desires for love. That is the message I took from this exquisite film. If one person sees their soul as wounded as the characters and decides to do something good to fix it, I'm sure all the creative energies involved in bringing this to life will be grateful.

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