It's not a "gay" film is in fact a "relationship" film. And, judging by the lines out the door and the comments overheard as people were leaving it's bound to become a favorite from people of all walks of life.
The visuals and directing were superb. The plot stayed true to Annie Proulx's short story which is a feat in itself. And, the acting was well above average. In short Brokeback Mountain is an intriguing story about emotional and personal conflict within relationships. Period.
The banal protests and rants from religious extremists and self-anointed moralists should be ignored. This isn't a movie for the closed minded or less-enlightened in the world. If you’re decidedly anti-gay then don't waste your money on seeing the movie because you've already decided that you hate it. And don't bother posting trivial "reviews" when it's obvious you've not seen the film. A smart person can see right through your bigotry and agenda. Save your breath and just stay home and watch "wrasslin" or Pat Robertson on the 700 Club. You’ll be much happier for it.
But if you're of a mentality that allows you to enjoy fine film making and accept that there is a great big diverse world out outside your front door then enjoy Brokeback Mountain as the thought provoking, emotional and touching film that it’s intended to be.
Now that I've posted my truthful review let me elaborate for my friends & readers. T & I went with another couple (straight & married) and the theater was packed. The show started at 7:00 and we were there by 6:30 just in case there would be a crowd. By 6:45 the line was out the door and when we left it was even longer for the nest showing. Yes, there were many gay people but I was thrilled to see that the majority of people in line were either obviously married or coupled heterosexuals. I live in a college town so it wasn't unusual to see a lot of young people but given the amount of obvious straights one it made me feel like there was some hope for this world. That so many young people would choose to spend their money & Friday night watching a serious film as diverse as this one leads me to believe that perhaps the next generation will be more accepting and tolerant than the last.
The comments heard during the movie and afterwards leaving the theater were all positive and cohesive. There were plenty of appropriate laughs, sniffles, sighs and much talk of "winning Oscars". I hope that everyone who sees Brokeback Mountain will have as positive of an experience as I did.
Side note: The fundamentalist Christians and gay bashers are in full force admittingly not seeing the movie but rating it "F" just because they can. If you have a chance please take a moment AFTER you see it and give an HONEST review.