I know I’m a little behind the times here, but scheduling “grown-up” movies is hard with two kids. My friend Renee and I finally saw Brokeback Mountain this afternoon. We really need to stop going to movies together; the last two we saw were Hotel Rwanda and Crash, and I’ve barely recovered from them. Both are incredible movies, powerful and wrenching, and they require large numbers of Kleenex.
If you’re avoiding Brokeback Mountain because it’s a cowboy movie, or if you’re avoiding it because it’s a gay movie (I know there are plenty of progressive straight guys who are hesitant), just let me say DON’T. This movie is amazing, beautiful, heartbreaking. It is even better than I expected. The story is complex and tragic, and the acting is stellar. If Heath Ledger doesn’t win an Oscar, I’ll be shocked. Go see it — and be sure to see it on the big screen; the scenery is breathtaking.