I keep forgetting to put up my review so let me do it now while I remember.
I can see why the movie is getting the accolades it is. First and foremost, beyond politics and hawt male stars, the love story is deep and amazing and heartwrenching. Heath Ledger’s simmering rage and frustration is incredibly well acted and while Jake is nicer to look at in many ways, Heath’s acting stole the movie hands down. Ennis is a man of very few words and so his acting was in his body and his expression and it seriously blew me away. Gylenhall’s devil may care attitude belied a gay man trapped in a straight world. A dreamer in love with a man who has to deal with reality, his part was flashier but in that sense, harder as well.
I admit it, I did cry at the end. I won’t say much other than that one friend said there was a vivid sex scene and I looked for it quite eagerly and didn’t see it. Loads of deeply emotional kissing and struggle against the feelings they had for each other, one sort of sex scene, clearly pretty daring considering how homophobic our culture is, though.
Excellently acted, wonderful screenplay, the physical scenery of Wyoming was breathtaking – I really loved it.