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Summary: Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men -- a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy -- who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. (Focus Features)
It's a sad statement about our society that this film is "controversial". There's nothing at all controversial about it; it's a completely straight-forward (no pun intended) romance story. If I have to criticize the film for anything, it's that it's rather longer than it needed to be. The acting is good, and the cinematography and the scenery itself are beautiful. It's not quite an extraordinary film, but it's certainly more than just a "gay cowboys" film. Jeez.
a good attempt, yet i always end up having a headache i think bout de excruciating pace at wich de story moves...not to say dat gay love/homosexual issues cannot be translated beautifully on screen-look at MILK, PHILADELPHIA...of course heath ledger nd jake give lovely performances...
Eh. It was a moving film overall, but it didn't appeal to me that much. I felt like they could have fleshed out the story a lot better, which is I guess what can happen when you turn a short story into a movie. Also, Anne Hathaway playing a character in her thirties was a joke. She was, what, twenty? She didn't need so much glowy lighting.
Typical lovestory, save for the relationship between the characters that made it stand apart. Films like this are (still) considered daring and they need to be seen. Props to the cast/crew for being part of something that was sure to generate disapproval and backlash. Sad, well-acted. RIP Heath.