Yeah, I went and watched Brokeback Mountain in a nice posh LandMark Bethesda movie hall with friends. Rush hour traffic delayed us by about 30 minutes so we had to sit in the first row. Believe it or not the hall was full even for a matinee show. The audience was made up of two kinds of people - middle aged white gay men with their friends and family and groups of teenage girls (yes, you read it right!). The members of the second group could barely keep their emotions under control and once again we had to put up with juvenile squeals and squeaks. The movie is a beautiful love story made even more haunting by the vistas of Wyoming where it is set. And like all Ang Lee movie it moves in a slow, lyrical manner. The acting is flawless and now I know why Heath Ledger is being billed for an Oscar nomination.
The brouhaha surrounding the movie is meaningless. As the Boy put it -" it is too sophisticated to be made a political statement out of". Like last year's Milllion Dollar Baby it tells an universal human tale of love, longing and attachment. Brokeback Mountain is as much about gay rights as The Million Dollar Baby was pro choice. It is sad that the liberal left tries to make political statements out of these movies, while the morally outraged right treats them as an assault on family values. If only some of us could look beyond our narrow confines and enjoy them for what they are - fine movies which do tug at your heart strings.