Anyway- the film was beautifully shot. I am ever the sucker for great cinematography. The movie was done with taste- there were no overt sex scenes. However, the emotional connection between these two men may make some heterosexual men squirm in their seats; possibly even more than a "sex scene " would.
The part of the movie that was most compelling to me was the hint of "forbidden fruit" and the suppression these men dealt with throughout their entire lives. Isn't there something inherently appealing about that which is forbidden to us? That has been a human foible since the time of Eve. Do we want it so bad because we aren't supposed to have it? Does that make it all the more appealing? And if we could have it, would it then be less appealing?
Oscar Wilde wrote "But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself. The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives. We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful. It has been said that the great events of the world take place in the brain. It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also. " I am betting Oscar knew just how Jack and Ennis felt.
Do I think Jack and Ennis regret their decisions? Yes and no I suppose. Yes, as Ennis especially lived a very lonely life. But no, as I feel they did appreciate what time they did have together. They did the best that they could with the circumstances they had to deal with.
"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."- Sydney Harris
Suppression is such a terrible thing to deal with. It tears you up inside. It can destroy you if you aren't careful. It is so powerful, yet easy for you to not see how powerful it is. That is waht makes suppression so dangerous. That was a big problem for both Jack and Ennis. There was no way for either one of them to come to terms with their relationship. “You know I ain’t queer,” Ennis mutters, to which Jack states, “Me neither.”
"It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow."-Benjamin Franklin Isn't that the truth!
Brokeback Mountain feels like a real-life story- yet somehow there is still an element missing. It's honest, raw and emotional. Many in the theater were crying at the close of the film. I recommend seeing it.