Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Review: Brokeback Mountain

Dee and I added Brokeback Mountain to our Netflix queue some time ago and it finally showed up at our home prior to the weekend. We decided to watch it on Monday night.

This is a movie that won all kinds of awards and accolades and was hailed as one of the greatest movies of 2006. I'm baffled. So is Dee. This movie took over two hours to relate a short story to us. A short story. The movie was anything but short. It was long and boring. I realize that this is the second movie review in a row that has complained about the length. You may think that I have problems with long movies. I don't. I like a nice long movie as much as any major movie buff. However, I do have a problem with movies that are longer than they need to be. This is one of those movies. We saw a whole lot of unnecessary family time with the the two main characters. We could get the gist of the situations with their families in a lot less time than they took. More than once Dee and I took a little time to talk about how long and boring the movie was - and we didn't miss a thing.

It's fairly obvious to me that this movie simply got the accolades it got because it was about gay cowboys. Otherwise, this movie isn't interesting at all. In fact, it's pretty much a retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story with cowboys and gay guys.

If you haven't seen it, you're not missing anything. No matter how much Hollywood tells you that you are.

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