Tuesday, January 31, 2006

How The West Was Changed

As reported in a previous post, husband and I went to the movies last Saturday because of sheer boredom. It was my turn to pick the movie since husband had picked probably the last five that we've seen. After reading up on what was playing at the cineplex (and after perusing all the current reviews), I decided that we would see director Ang Lee's version of the ultimate cowboy movie of our time, Brokeback Mountain.

For all you movie lovers out there, especially those who love cowboy movies, a disclaimer should be handed to each movie-goer who enters the theater. This was a pretty graphic film. The cinematography was exquisite, the direction was flawless, and the acting was Oscar material. The content, however, was R-rated and was punctuated with a lot of roughhousing, kissing, fondling, and other stuff that you would find in your typical girly-boy cowboy movie.

The story-line goes something like this:

Two young cowboys are hired to be shepherds up on Brokeback Mountain.

Their first task is to drive all the animals up to Brokeback Mountain without losing a lot of them (sheep).

The sheep will live the life of Riley on Brokeback Mountain so they can fatten up all Summer on all that green grass.

Both cowboys take turns fixing the grub, but they soon get tired of all the beans and stuff. They crave spuds and fresh meat.

With all the isolation up on Brokeback Mountain, and plenty of time on their hands, the two cowboys find that they like to roughhouse, do a little fightin', brawlin', drinkin', sleepin' in the same tent 'cause it's dang cold up in them thar hills, and eventually fall madly in love (for about 20 years).

You know this ain't gonna have a good ending.

So, if you'd like to spend a couple of hours at the movies enjoying a good, old-fashioned cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain's a sure thing, pardner. It's a shoo-in to be an Oscar winner come March.

Man, the West sure has changed since John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Palance, and all the other rough-and-tumbles rode, shot Indians and each other, pillaged, settled down on their rancheros, drove cattle, and married the school marm back in the old days. That's How The West Was Won.


At January 31, 2006 7:30 AM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That was a very interesting post...I especially liked the comics you threw in there. Thanks for telling us about the movie...and thanks for the good review...or should I say warning.

At January 31, 2006 7:30 AM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

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At January 31, 2006 8:01 AM, Blogger Tomas Dennis said...

I will not rent the movie but do realize that there is some truth to the story but it is a story I do not care to hear or see again.

At January 31, 2006 11:07 AM, Blogger Alipurr said...

The cartoons made your post funny. I guess it kinda breaks up the seriousness of the movie. You found a good way to get people to read this....the first cartoon was really funny because it was a tease, you weren't sure if you were really going to share the plot or not.

At January 31, 2006 11:14 AM, Blogger TUFFENUF said...

I believe a lot of men are "in love" with each other. I don't mean in a sexual way, as in the movie. If you have ever worked with a group of just men, they bond and prefer each others company, even if women are present. It is a strange thing to observe. They are afraid, however, to be branded as "gay", so when they go to the movies together, they leave a seat between them! I enjoy your blog MotherK.

At January 31, 2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Neo said...

Kitty - Hmmmmm, wonder what Clint Eastwood would say. ;)

Peace & Hugs,

- Neo

At January 31, 2006 3:31 PM, Blogger jellyhead said...

You know what, Motherkitty - I saw this movie last week, too, with a friend. Although it is a bit startling to see two men together on the big screen (not something seen in movies very often), I really felt for both characters, and found this whole movie incredibly moving. I thought the movie as a whole was one of the best I've seen.

At January 31, 2006 3:44 PM, Blogger Motherkitty said...

Jelly, I totally agree with you. I loved it, even cried and snuffled at the end, but husband hated it for the obvious reason (see his comment above). We had a huge discussion about lifestyle choices in the car on the way home. It doesn't bother him to see F/F or M/F but cannot abide M/M interaction. I think this film will come away with several Oscars this March during the Academy Awards ceremony.

Thanks, everyone, for your wonderful comments. BTW, this post was supposed to be "funny" and not a serious synopsis of the movie.

At January 31, 2006 5:34 PM, Blogger Neo said...

Kitty -PS. I answered your comments question on JBI. :)

At January 31, 2006 7:56 PM, Blogger Franny said...

Actually, now that I read your synopsis, it sounds a lot more plausible. The fact that two people, in isolation, could eventually, well, you know...it happens all the time. The comics were really cute!

At January 31, 2006 8:04 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

I loved this movie. I think the performances, particularly those of Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams, were great. If not for Phillip Seymour Hoffman's performance in Capote, which I hear is stellar, I believe Heath would be walking away with the best actor Oscar. He made me forget he was a young, Australian heartthrob.

I think it's a wonderful movie for many reasons, chief among those fostering acceptance so hopefully there are no more instances like the horrible killing of Matthew Shepherd, which happened in Wyoming. Also, I think it's wonderful when a movie about true love garners critical acclaim because too often the critics pan love stories. Why the world things stories about love are somehow not worthy, I'll never know. Even though Hoffman will likely win the Oscar too, I'm still rooting for Heath.

At February 03, 2006 4:53 PM, Blogger Alipurr said...

Dancer Girl likes the first cartoon with the Mountain family...


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