... to Brokeback Mountain is provided by Vikram Johri: Weighs heavy on the heart . I found this particularly interesting:
Critics have hailed Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the brooding protagonist. Frankly, I didn’t think much of the performance. Ledger seemed to be only playing a cowboy version of himself, with a drone that was hard to decipher.
I confess to being one of those who thought much of Ledger's performance -- I thought it the best screen acting I had seen since Russell Crowe's turn in A Beautiful Mind, and for the same reason: both actors, it seemed to me, didn't just play their parts; they inhabited them. But Vikram, I gather, has seen Ledger in other performances. I haven't, so I have no way of comparing this performance with others he has done.
But I also wonder if I was moved by the performance simply because it was a class version of a classic role: the strong silent Western hero? It's a role -- Gary Cooper perhaps personified it -- that resonates with me, and lots of other American males. One reason I write poetry is that it lets me say things I would ordinarily not talk about.