Sunday, March 05, 2006
Well, I did not see the movie either.
By time you read this, Brokeback Mountain will be the winner of Best Picture, along with many other awards and (unlike many years) I will not be able to completely judge the film based upon my prejudice concerning its subject matter and agenda.
What? You thought I was an open-minded guy with a stereotypically liberal outlook on life. So why would I be against a sensitive portrayal of the tragic story of star-crossed lovers unable to live together because of societal norms? Why would I buy into the hype that this is another part of Hollywood's agenda.
Because it is. Hollywood's agenda is to cram down our throats overwraught maudlin tragic love stories. It is Hollywood's agenda to give us beautiful stories with beautiful stars saying beautiful words with a beatific sense of the tragedy unfolding because of their love.
This same old story has not been worth anything since Scorsese did it right with The Age of the Innocence. Call me insensitive because I have little desire to see Out of Montana, The Cowboy Patient or Titanic Mountains. Just because it has gay characters and I have an open mind, do I really want to see the same story I have hated numerous times before? Suddenly the whole thing changes because the same story is now relevant?
I say stand against what the movie is selling. Lest you think the gay subject matter offends me, understand I will take Capote, The Crying Game, My Beautiful Laundrette, My Own Private Idaho, Longtime Companion, Angels in America or The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (all good films). But, the typical Oscar-baited gay themed movie like Philadelphia (don't get me started) and Brokeback Mountain can call on someone else to watch them.
Okay, yes I will probably watch Brokeback Mountain sometime in the future and find it beautifully tragic like I am supposed to when it pulls out all of my emotional strings. But, I will not enjoy the experience. Yes, I know Ang Lee is a brilliant filmmaker. I am sure it is a wonderful film. I just get tired of the hype because the plot is among my least favorite thematically.