Have you ever seen Brokeback Mountain ? If so, what are your opinions about it?
I like Brokeback Mountain. I know a lot of people have…issues with it? because of what happens in the end (I don’t want to be too specific in case anyone hasn’t seen it?) And that’s a totally legitimate criticism. We’re all sick of the tragic depiction of lgbt relationships in mainstream media (and yes, Brokeback Mountain isn’t exactly new, but if you’re viewing it for the first time nowadays then that probably is a bit exhausting.) Like, I’m not wild about that either, but I think it is worth noting that Brokeback Mountain is adapted from Annie Proulx’s short story of the same name, and personally I feel that the film handles the relationship between Ennis and Jack much more tenderly than the book does. Proulx was fairly ruthless with how she wrote about this relationship. She is not especially sympathetic to her characters (to any of her characters tbh) and you get the implication, not that she feels this is what they deserved, particularly, but that the fate of their relationship was inevitable. And that’s pretty awful.
So while I absolutely take issue with that implication, that’s Proulx. I think the film does an excellent job of adapting her story and trying to retell it with a lot more sympathy towards the various characters (importantly, not just Ennis and Jack; I really like the way they fleshed out Ennis’ wife as well.) On a more personal note, it was one of the first pieces of queer media I ever got to see, and that straight people ever actually talked about en masse, so it meant a lot to me when I was younger. I grew up in a fairly liberal household, but my parents didn’t know many queer people, and we rarely discussed anything lgbtq+ (plus, as far as they’re concerned, it’s only lg). So when we watched Brokeback Mountain, there was something almost comforting about straight people like my parents sympathising with and accepting these gay characters.
Anyway. This is, as usual, way too long of an answer, I apologise. Long story short: the source material is iffy, but I think the adaption is good.