Sunday, January 08, 2006

Saw Brokeback Mountain

I saw Broke Back Mountain last night. And that, dear readers, means I was accompanied by a female—on a date! It was our second date, I guess. But I don’t want to get into that. At this point there’s nothing to discuss anyway. I will say that she isn’t Jewish and she’s from south of the border (no, that doesn’t mean she’s from Illinois).

My thoughts on the movie:

The love scenes mostly left it to the viewers’ imagination—whew. The last thing I wanted to see were a lot of male skin-to-skin sex scenes. Thankfully, Ang Lee left that part to the viewers’ imaginations. Nevertheless, the first love scene is a little shocking. I found myself giggling like a kid in sex ed, and my date was giggling as well. In fact, she wasn’t sure if she could keep watching. Go figure? But I understand why I laughed and so many people in the theatre must have felt as we felt. The story shattered stereotypes like anarchist-leftist-anti-globilization-freakazoids shatter windows of businesses. Specifically, the typical stereotype of a homosexual is not one of rough and tumble cowboys. The juxtaposition of tough, reticent emotionless men passionately groping each other and pressing their gruff, grizzled faces together as they kiss deeply is… well, funny.

But after time you get used to it. Once you get over that, you become more attuned to the story—which is sad and tragic—and can then appreciate the movie for what it really is (and I wont’ say, because I don’t want to ruin the plot for anybody who hasn’t seen it yet). Maybe because I was on a date I wasn’t thinking too deeply at the time about the movie, but the next day—today—I’ve been thinking about the movie. In my world, there are three types of movies: 1. Movies that are so bad I can’t wait until they are finished. 2. Movies I enjoy at the time, but soon forget about after. 3. Movies I enjoy at the time and then find myself pondering the following days. Broke Back Mountain is a category 3 Zak Movie.


Blogger airforcewife said...

Ahhh, so a date to see Brokeback Mountain.

But here's my question... Can a couple comfortably make out in that theater?

Hubby and I have been to see a couple movies we thought would be great kissing dates (and after many, many years and four kids; we make SURE to still date that way) and wound up leaving completely chaste.

4:43 PM  
Blogger semite1973 said...

Unless you and your hubby are both turned-on by male homosexual sex scenes, it may not be the best makeout movie to see this year...

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the chaps I work with admitted going to see it with their girlfs...much hilarity ensued, with anything slightly suggestive being prefixed with "Brokeback", eg "Easy on the Brokeback Conversation there, John and Jari!"
Reckon I'll give it a miss. I did see Woody Allen's "Matchpoint" last night, which was OK but full of holes. Worth seeing for gorgeous Scarlett Johansson, though.


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