When reading Mancuso's article I liked seeing the distinctions between this queer movie and heteronormative movies. One of the reasons why I think I liked this film so much is because it's so different from what I was used to seeing. Thus, making it hard to predict. I never thought that one would have died, especially Jack. This is without a doubt the best queer film I've seen in this class. It wasn't based on stereotypes, excessiveness or cruel jokes to get the point across - instead it was serious and portrayed a realistic homosexual relationship for that time period. One of the main distinctions between Brokeback mountain and heteronormative movies is how the relationship is played out. It seems to me that in most heteronormative movies where the main character is somewhat of an outcast than she/he will be ostracized throughout the film and then eventually pulled back in and accepted by their friends and family. In this film, we can see clearly at the end after Jack dies that his main relationships have ended roughly. When Ennis is on the phone with Hathaway you can tell that Jack's relationship with her has been severed. When Ennis goes to visit Jack's parents you can tell that their relationship is incredibly strained as well. Also, if you can recall Ennis's last visit with his wife, it ended up pretty bad. The only relationship that was salvaged was Ennis and his eldest daughter. I like that I wasn't able to predict the outcome of this film, to me that brings across a bigger message.
Brokeback New Queer Cinema
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