Monday, April 13, 2009
I feel that this movie was a bit mistaken in its own identity. It didn't condemn gay men, nor did it advocate it at all. It didn't truly criticize society as it should have, nor did it laud the virtue of the main characters. I feel that Ennis and Jack were not demonized, but their characters were clouded with the decisions they made. For one, it portrayed the characters as not accepting themselves for what they are. This can be excused, though, in the light of the society being so against homosecuality. It also shows the men more concerned with their sexuality than with their occupation. They fail to take care of the sheep one night while they are being intimate, which leads to the death of one of the sheep. Later on, it shows the men wrestling affectionately while their boss watches them ignore their work, which leads to Gary's decision to bring them down early and never hire them again. Thirdly, it shows that both Ennis and Jack deny their homosexuality to take wives and start families. Though this is said to be a product of their culture, they have healthy sexual relationships with them. This seems to be more a bisexual angle rather than a homosexual one. Once with their families, however, the men begin to neglect their duties as husbands and fathers. The destruction of the families shows, from what I saw how it was portrayed, how homosexuality leads to the break-down of family values and morals. This religious-right cliche seems all to exemplified in this movie. In the end, it seems that the main characters in the movie do more to argue against homosexuality, while the reception of the movie and the society surrounding the main characters is what portrays the movie as advantageous to the LGBT community.