YMMV / Brokeback Mountain

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Two guys unapologetically cheating on their wives for twenty years.
    • What prompted Ennis's father to show him the dead gay man? Did he suspect that his son wasn't straight and was trying to scare him? Or was there no prompting and he just wanted to instill his prejudices into his son at an impressionable age?
  • Award Snub: Movie critics generally see the decision to award Crash with Best Picture over Brokeback as one of the biggest Oscar mistakes of the decade, if not all time. It's become an even greater consensus in the years since, as Crash has not aged well compared to that year's other Best Picture contenders. The voters are commonly accused of wimping out by awarding a movie with the relatively safe message of "racism is bad."
  • Awesome Music: The music from the trailer ("The Wings") is very touching, and it became a staple of slashy Fan Vids. But it's very cool on its own merits.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The way people talk about this movie, you'd think it consists solely of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal having sex in a tent, plus a part with Anne Hathaway topless.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Several.
    • Part of the reason for all the jokes about the premise (and the subsequent misinformation about the men's jobs) was a South Park gag from years before Brokeback Mountain was made about all independent movies being about "gay cowboys eating pudding"; there may not be any pudding, but otherwise... In fact, Trey Parker and Matt Stone commented in an interview:
    Stone: If they have pudding in that movie, I’m going to lose my mind.
    Parker: No, if there’s pudding eating in there, we’re going to sue.
  • Hype Aversion / Hype Backlash: Being the most well-known gay romance movie has landed the movie into both sides of this camp.
  • Internet Backdraft: At the time, whether this movie should have won over Crash was quite the debate-starter (to say nothing of those who think neither deserved to win). Now, while it's still not consensus that Brokeback was the best film that year, most film critics agree that Crash should not have beaten it.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Periphery Demographic: Amusingly, a lot of the Fix Fic sent to the author of the original short story is sent from straight men.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Linda Cardellini and Kate Mara played minor role in the film as Ennis's brief girlfriend Cassie and daughter Alma Jr., respectively.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In particular, the two shirts.
    • The speech leading up to "I wish I knew how to quit you". Despite going memetic, the line in context was very emotional.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Lureen Newman, who did nothing of importance in the final third of the movie. She didn't even react to the confrontation between Jack and her father! This is even more notable in the story in which she only appeared in one scene (to tell Ennis about Jack's death).