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Suspenseful, Masterful and somewhat over the top full.
So the man has a drinking problem, might well be anti-semitic and homophobic but Mel Gibson certainly shows what he is made as a movie director in this wonderful adventure story in 16th Century Maya country.
Wonderful photography, authentic characters who do a great job of acting, the calmness of the love and peace of the village and the contrasting violent tempo of the 2nd half keeps one spell bound for the full two hours of this excellent movie.
The movie exceeds credibility when a man outruns a black leopard in thick jungle terrain but what the hell, it is an adventure story that forgives such liberties. Visually managed to transport me to the similar type world of "Aztec" - a literary masterpiece I recently discovered.
I loved it.
Wonderful performances elevate a sensitive subject matter . . . .
A sensitive subject matter on which there are as many opinions and prejudices as that of "Brokeback Mountain". Huffman absolutely excels in the role of transsexual in the last throes of transformation - the role seems tailor made for her with every gesture and dignified word being dynamic in its delivery. Surely to be forever acclaimed as the performance that lost an Oscar to sentimentality. Kevin Zegers as the dysfunctional son with a huge but understandable chip on his shoulder gives a strong indication of becoming a big name in Hollywood. With Dolly Parton's voice taking one through the rolling of the credits I thought the usage of more country music through the trans-continental trip would have been apt and lent some great atmosphere to the journey of discovery.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The groundbreaking movie of its time
Irrespective of where you personally stand on the sexuality scale if this unsettling, remarkable love story does not completely transcend its hype as the "gay cowboy movie" then you really need to admit your restricted scope of thought or alternatively your bigotry. Its wonderful cinematography artistry, its nuances of emotions and its final shattering revelation of loss and emptiness resonate unceasingly in one's mind long after the ending of the credits. If that is not what constitutes one whoa of a movie then I have certainly missed the boat. Kudos to the remarkable Ang Lee and his brilliant cast for an amazing movie.
Captivating . . . . .
Every now and again a relatively unclaimed movie comes around and just simply takes your breath away. The story line is a collection of interwoven snippets of racism edged encounters in a big city with excellent acting from the entire cast. Each of the mini-plots - what script writing talent this is - draws the viewer irresistible into the every day "crashes" of metropolitan living and the message is of how our prejudices are mostly perceptionally driven and that us human sapiens are made up of conflicting facets. Congragulations to the actors (eg. Sandra Bullock) who were prepared to shelve their star status to take on these cameo roles - the end result of which is a superb movie. Pity that the Oscars has not an ensemble acting award, this gem would win it hands down.