Brokeback Mountain is the story about two cowboys, Ennis and Jack, who fall in love. So much more than the “gay cowboy movie” it was merely known as prior to it’s release, it perfectly captures what true, unbridled love is all about and this love transcends any issues of sexuality or gender.
The beautifully shot film is matched by a quartet of moving central performances, but the film really belongs to Heath Ledger. What he does is so courageously beautiful, so truthful and so transcendental that his Ennis del Mar is bound to become a point of reference for generations to come.
There is an element of hope within the melancholic sadness of this Ang Lee masterpiece, and by the end, Ledger personifies the tragedy of hopes that never come to be. Unfortunately for many people and indeed the protagonists of our story, society doesn’t always view it that way.