There are many kinds of love in the world, and people have different opinions about different love. Brokeback Mountain is a disordinary romantic movie directed by Li An that depicts two cowboys’ life styles and their “different love”. The tough but peaceful condition on the Broke back Mountain creates a felicific setting for the two young men – Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. They are cowboys that have their own characters, which make them have some unusual feelings about each other. They can’t refuse life, but can’t refuse love, either. So they have to choose, suffer and think in such a beautiful but sad relationships.
Today, homosexuality isn’t a rare phenomenon any more. In this movie, everything started with a job on the Brokeback Mountain that Jack and Ennis have. They were from different place but came to the work together. During the process of herding sheep, Jack and Ennis live and take care of each other. On a stormy night, Jack can’t stand anymore for Ennis’ suffering and for his own love, so they come together in the tent. However, since beautiful time flies quickly, it’s the time when they have to leave each other. Though Jack is calm when he heard Ennis is getting married, he can’t bear the loneliness and the pain of missing. He sent a post card to Ennis far away, and fortunately, they get together again. The two happy cowboys immerse into the love they give each other and spent two years briefly. However, life gives Ennis pressure soon - his wife finds the secret between him and Jack, so they divorce. Though, the divorce brings happiness to Jack, it didn’t give the thing he wants – Ennis have to work and can’t accompany him for a long time. Life gives the two cowboys difficulties and makes them finally fight against each other, which yet gives them a chance to show the strong love they give to each other as well. A long time later, a phone call to Ennis bring him terrible news which makes him painfully sad for rest of his life…
In the film, scene is used to help set the tone and mood. There are many incredibly beautiful landscapes in the place the film was shot. It really makes audience feel relaxed when see the beautiful mountains and lacks in the film. Furthermore, the pictures also represent the life between Jack and Ennis: Sunshine, water, blue sky and white clouds created a lively and warm tone of the cowboys’ lives on the mountain; Storm, fog, black clouds and death of sheep made up the bitter emotions between Jack and Ennis and makes audience feel depressed as well.
Besides, the theme was showed through many thoughtful details. For instance, one of the most impressed details is Jack and Ennis’ clothes. When Ennis goes to Jack’s house, he sees that Jack’s jacket is outside the Ennis’, and the sleeves are rolled together. At the end of the movie, Ennis puts his shirt outside the Jack’s, because he knew the reason why Jack put his clothes like that is that Jack promised to defend him forever, so he promised to Jack that he will love him forever by putting his clothes outside Jack’s. The details give audience warm but sad impressions, and make the movie deeper. All the details between Jack and Ennis also constantly remind audience of the theme of the movie: gender is not a problem to true love.
Therefore, this movie allows the viewers to have a unique look at a rarely side of love. The director, Li An, said that “everyone has got a Brokeback Mountain in his/her heart.” The Brokeback Mountain can represent a thing that is invocatable or a person that will never come back. We all can’t catch the thing that is irretrievable especially the love, although we pour all the emotions into it. Sometimes, we are like Jack and Ennis, feel enable to keep the love but can’t live without it at the same time. A story in summer is like a memory of the whole life – passion but helpless. We suffer; we struggle, but the things are like fireworks – beautiful but disappear immediately. There are two cowboys who love each other patiently in Brokeback Mountain who bring audience different, warm and positive view of homosexuality.
It never hurts to fall in the warmth that the love between Jack and Ennis brings and have a different view of homosexual after seeing this film.