Saturday, February 25, 2006

For your consideration: Jake Gyllenhaal for Best Supporting Actor.

It's been Heath Ledger that's been getting much of the attention for Brokeback Mountain, but in this film critic's humble opinion, Gyllenhaal was just as good, if not better, although, admittedly, both performances wouldn't have been anywhere near as good without each other. His commitment to his role is both noticeable and notable, and very, very brilliant. The character of Jack Twist was a harder task, having to do much of the leading (and succeeds too, as shown, in the sizzling scenes with Ledger), and Gyllenhaal rose to the task commendably. He is everything Jack ought to be, tender, sad, doe-eyed, and hopeful. Gyllenhaal is all of those things, and, with added vivacity and charm. His sweetness is the key factor in Brokeback's heartbreak, and for that, as well as such a fabulous performance, built on nuance, Gyllenhaal should be duly awarded.


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7 comments:

Lisa said...

Just because you think he's cute lol!

Commentator said...

Yeah, wasn't he great? Even if I thought he was nowhere near as impressive as Ledger, it's perhaps the second best performance I've seen all year. His light-hearted take on the role of Jack builds to a sweeping crescendo near the end, where he delivers an impressive monologue that will show you exactly how on-character he was the whole time... you've read the short story, so you'll be able to see how brilliantly he captured the spirit of his character; others can always allow themselves to be impressed by his heartfelt line delivery or the way he imbues every single one of his words with overwhelming emotion. Jake > Phil.

jenny said...

Jake totally deserved Best Supporting Actor. I saw Syrianna today and George was really nothing to shout about.

James said...

You didn't get it right. Just thought I'd mention that.

Emma said...

Right. Thanks for that.

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