A Pictorial History of the Movies: 2005 – Brokeback Mountain
Oh really? Find me another movie we talked about more in 2005.
You can’t do it.
This “gay cowboy” movie was 2005.
All the movies that made all the money are movies we barely remember now (or only remember as parts of franchises). And trust me, none of them had the cultural impact this one did.
We were talking about this movie since it came out. People had reactions to it who hadn’t even seen it. The reaction to this movie was so strong it ALTERED THE OSCARS!
You know what other movie did that? Citizen Kane. This movie is the modern day Citizen Kane. (He said, seemingly okay with the hyperbole and unintended extra meaning there.) High Noon was the same way. Either way. There’s a long history of movies with touchy subject matter losing at the Oscars.
Brokeback Mountain is the choice for 2005.
When it came out, I was in the camp of, “Man, people are talking way too much about this movie. It’s not that good.” And I still agree with that. The camp for it were for it no matter what. They felt it was important and all that. And there are always those people. You saw that with 12 Years a Slave last year. They think winning an award is going to make some sort of statement. Then there’s the other camp. “Fuck you, this is an abomination. I’m not voting for it and I’ll never see it.” Both of them are wrong.
My feelings were always, “It’s a great movie, but I still liked another one better.” (And I do. I’d still take Good Night and Good Luck over this for Best Picture. I’d take this over Crash, of course, but in a legitimate category race and not a choice between two movies, this wouldn’t have been my vote.)
It’s a quiet and beautiful little movie. And it’s clearly the movie that was the most talked about movie of 2005.
This movie completely holds up, too. Awards stuff aside, this is the movie that will represent 2005 in history because it’s so politically charged and was such a point of contention for those many months. And even now, it’s still a reference point (usually for something negative of homophobic), but it’s still a movie that is very much remembered.
And let’s not forget, the alternative here is probably Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.