Brokeback Mountain movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This heartbreaking and intense tale of a forbidden gay relationship will certainly leave some in tears. Brokeback Mountain is a slow-moving but solid drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, with sex, themes, language and violence.


Two gay shepherds, Ennis and Jack, develop a sexual and emotional relationship. But their relationship begins to become complicated when both of them get marry to their girlfriends.

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Movie details

Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris
Writer: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana
Release Date (Australia): 26 January 2006
Runtime: 134 minutes/2h 14m
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains thematic material such as a taboo homosexual relationship, death and a homophobic crime.

Violence (M)

The film includes depictions of fist-fights and a scene briefly depicting a homophobic crime in which a man is beaten by several other men.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes use of “f**k” language, in addition to uses of “goddamn”, “s**t”, “**shole” and “son of a bitch”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains a brief scene in which characters are depicted smoking a joint.

Nudity (M)

The film contains sexualised female breasts nudity, as well as brief depictions of male buttocks and genitalia.

Sex (M)

The film contains multiple depictions of sex scenes with thrusting detail and occasional nudity.

mpaa rating

R (for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Especially watching Brokeback Mountain in a world during a date where homosexuality is generally accepted, it’s fairly stiff in pace but is still utterly heartbreaking. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger star in this tragic and confronting tale of a forbidden gay relationship, about two cowboys who fall in love, but their relationship gets tricky when they both end up marrying to wives and having children.

If you’ve heard a lot about how utterly devastating and depressing the roots of Brokeback Mountain eventually go, you may be surprised to discover the tragedy as it was honestly kind of predictable, but still heart-shattering during the film’s final minutes. The romantic character development that played for a solid 2 hours and even the selection of songs that match the moments certainly adds the final touching impact to it. Likely, you’ll probably start shedding tears once the credits start rolling.

Most will discover that Brokeback Mountain introduces us to the characters and pulls us into the themes with a very stiff start. The first 30 minutes may be pretty hard to engage with, but if you make it past that section, you’ll be able to remain attached to the very slow-burning and unhurried story. Ang Lee captures the story whilst also concentrating on cinematography. It’s a beautifully shot film with nice views throughout the mountains.

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