BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005)
Is there anything more to say about the phenomenon that is Brokeback Mountain? Perhaps this: Despite unleashing a torrent of ”I wish I could quit you” gay-cowboy jokes on a tittering nation, Ang Lee’s adaptation of Annie Proulx’s short story hasn’t lost one iota of its emotional power, has never succumbed to the subversion of cultural irony. All the jokes in the world were unable to lessen the impact of the final images of lost love and loneliness. That’s in no small part due to the performances of Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. But while many of Brokeback‘s gay boosters thought the film a first-ever big-screen romance, the film was far darker — remember Ennis’ wife, Alma (Michelle Williams), finally blurting the truth about her husband’s fishing trips? As much as Brokeback Mountain was about the love of two men, it was about the destruction that the closet wreaks on everyone it touches — gay and straight.