Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain ★★★½

Brokeback Mountain's demythologization of American masculinty—an exposé of its destructive repression, both inward and outward—is slick. The revisionism avoids any semblance of heavy-handed didactic lecturing, instead expressing it non-verbally (cowboys adrift in the grey, banal modern world without an idyllic nature to which to retreat) and through the actions of its characters (an empathetic tragedy). Furthermore, well-directed and performed, with appropriate restraint, I can't think of a reason why this didn't resonate more.

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