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It's another fucking Brokeback Mountain. Don't bother.

I will say that Janet McTeer is amazing as Mr. Page, and I will seek out more movies starring her. But even she does not make it worth it to put up with this shit. For shame, Glenn Close.

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Date: 2012-08-02 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Urgh, I am so sorry you watched that :o( That movie was so depressing, I completely agree. I was so intrigued when I saw the trailer, also because -- Glenn Close!!! But yeah, for shame :o(

I don't quite agree that it's a Brokeback Mountain, but - caveat - I am still pretty fond of that movie. I think the main difference, to me, is that BM is at least played for "Lookit the poor gays, their lives are terrible, we should pity them" whereas I felt like Albert was never anything but an inherently off-putting and unsympethetic character -- he wasn't made or acted to make the audience even like him, only for "Look at the freak!" effect.

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Date: 2012-08-03 08:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calvinahobbes
Ah yes, the lure of the costume drama :oP

I didn't know the original ending had been changed. But yeah, part of what made me curious was knowing how long Close had fought to make it happen :o/

I can't quite articulate what about Albert made him unappealing to me. I think I read him as a bit of a creeper sometimes; the way he fixates on Helen and Mr. Page's & Cathleen made me uncomfortable, but I don't know how much of that was embarrassment squick. But yes, Page and Cathleen were really awesome together, I totally shipped that.

The part that really made me claw at my face was the apalling back-story bit with Albert, where it is firmly established that not only is he Weird, he is 'made that way' because he was assaulted as a child. I guess it fits in perfectly with the Men Are Monsters theme?

But yes, I totally agree with your interpretation of the ending. I felt so disgusted by the connotation that Albert was just a problem, an abnormality who got in the way of these people leading their normal lives, and how order was re-established when he was gone and they could cannibalise what he had left behind.

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