||[Apr. 10th, 2006|11:52 pm]
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"Jake's just one of the family"
THE love between one-time gay cowboy couple Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal has spilled over from the screen into real life.
But Ledger's leading lady, Michelle Williams, won't be turning into a green-eyed monster this time -- the couple have nominated Gyllenhaal to be godfather to their six-month-old daughter, Matilda Rose.
The Brokeback Mountain boys became chummy while swaggering about on set and now refer to each other as "best friends".
Meanwhile, Williams is clearly content to let Ledger play Mr Mum for a while -- she's signed on to star in Woody Allen's latest flick.
Work on the yet-to-be-titled movie will start in Paris soon.
DVD of the Week
If you've ever questioned the adage "less is more," look no further than director Ang Lee's elegantly spare, eloquently understated adaptation of Annie Proulx's acclaimed short story for elucidation.
In transferring Proulx's superbly minimalist tale of cowboys Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who, circa 1963, embark on an illicit and ultimately doomed love affair that crosses two decades, Lee remains admirably true to her lean narrative, feeling no need to add unnecessary fat to the heart-wrenching (and, concurrently, heartwarming) yarn's sturdy bones.
Masterful and assured as Lee's hand is, equal credit is due to not just Ledger and Gyllenhaal, whose passionate pas de deux rivals any seen on screen, but the entire ensemble. Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway escape, respectively, their saccharine Dawson's Creek and The Princess Diaries roots to craft polar opposite yet equally fine portraits of the befuddled wives who must learn to accept Ennis and Jack's unspoken bond.
The sublimity of the performances continues all the way down the line from Randy Quaid's brief but brutally effective turn as the lads' gruffly intolerant foreman and Linda Cardellini's gutsy portrayal of an Ennis-jilted waitress to Roberta Maxwell and Peter McRobbie's quietly poignant cameos as Jack's stoic mother and stern father. Together they shape an instant classic that, though it failed to capture the top Oscar, deserves to be recognized as Hollywood storytelling at its absolute finest.
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