Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Brokeback Mountain: A forbidden love of a different kind


I don't know if you have also noticed the subtle similarity that exists between the posters for the movies Titanic and Brokeback Mountain. What amazed me even more tonight after watching Brokeback Mountain was that both movies talk about love-- a "forbidden" love that is.

Brokeback Mountain is the story of two cowboys who fall in love with each other and then embark on a tormenting 20-year journey to keep their flame burning without letting anyone on to their affair because they very well know (Heath Ledger's Character Ennis Delmar in particular) what dangerous consequences their "forbidden love" could have.

Roger Ebert, the most famous movie critic in the world, sums that point up perfectly:

"'Brokeback Mountain' has been described as 'a gay cowboy movie,' which is a cruel simplification. It is the story of a time and place where two men are forced to deny the only great passion either one will ever feel. Their tragedy is universal. It could be about two women, or lovers from different religious or ethnic groups -- any 'forbidden' love."

Nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, Brokeback Mountain will most probably emerge as the Oscar favorite, specially in Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role catagories.