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Friday, January 06, 2006

Brokeback Fountain: A Movie Review

(Friday, January 6, 2020) Brokeback Fountain opened in theaters across America this weekend to rave reviews. Critics hailed the movie as as "a masterpiece," exposing mean-spirited stereotypes and heralding a new era of freedom for people heretofore suppressed by an intolerant and bigoted society.

Set in New York City, Brokeback Fountain centers on the activity at a magnificent, post-postmodern 1000-foot fountain erected on the property formerly occupied by Madison Square Garden. Bathed in an array of spectacular colored lights, the fountain is mesmorizing and an avenue of escape for a culture teeming with restlessness. We learn early on that the fountain is a place many come and linger for many reasons. Some come to work amidst the anesthetizing, white noise emitted by the pounding waters. Others cavort there for romantic reasons.

The movie's protagonist is Dr. Ennis Del Mar. Ennis is a highly successful orthopedic surgeon who lives in an ostentatious penthouse overlooking Central Park. His other home is in Hong Kong. Parents from all over the world bring their children to Dr. Del Mar for high-risk surgery that Ennis has an uncanny ability to perform with remarkable results.

From the backstory we learn Ennis developed several surgical techniques that found their way into medical textbooks and med school classrooms across the globe. In 2012 he rejected an offer from President Clinton to serve as the Surgeon General. When he isn't giving back a child his life through painstakingly complex surgery, Ennis is often found at the base of Brokeback Fountain. We see him there often, sipping his favorite mocha cappuccino, reading childrens books, and oftentimes alongside a former patient. It's not uncommon to see grown men at Brokeback Fountain with children.

At the movie's midpoint we find out the fountain is to the child slave labor industry what Ellis Island was to immigration back in America's early days. American men and women trafficking in child slave labor often meet at Brokeback Fountain to "conduct business," having American children shipped to China, Hong Kong and elsewhere in exchange for gold, cash, other children or hard drugs. Conversely, foreign children are shipped to Brokeback Fountain to meet the demand of American pedophiles still struggling with the bottleneck created by lingering vestiges of a bureaucracy borne of unfounded, judgmental thinking.

Democratic Senator King (played by William Macey) and staunch conservative Congressman Giles (played by radio maverick Howard Stoned) both look the other way when it came to Brokeback because the amount of money generated there creates a laundering windfall that successful political campaigns can't do without.

In Act III of Brokeback Fountain we see countless former patients/partners of Ennis, now grown, bringing new children to Ennis. Some are new patients, some are new partners, and some are both. The parents of the partners are sometimes receptive to the arrangements, if a surgical need is involved. Other parents are unwilling to have their children taken against their will to be with Ennis. But whenever drugs and political money are involved, as we see in this movie, the parents wishes merit little attention.

What sets Brokeback Fountain apart from other groundbreaking movies is its bold tackling of the controversial issue of pedophilia. Ennis plays a suppressed and long-term pedophile who longed for simple love and acceptance for who he is. From his high school days he always knew he had a love and fondness of children. He tells one desperate parent of a patient, "I was born this way." To his credit, he only has relationships with willing partners. We never see Ennis forcing himself on unwilling children.

There's no nudity in Brokeback Fountain. There are several scenes with implied acts of pedophilia, but all are done in a tasteful and artistic way that serves to advance the plot beautifully. Brokeback Fountain was clearly the fan favorite at the Canine Festival this year and will merit serious Best Motion Picture attention at the Oscars. For a minority group long ridiculed and driven underground with suppressed feelings and their innermost feelings of love for children, Brokeback Fountain could not have been released too soon. In an era where bigotry, intolerance and hatred mar society, along comes a movie like Brokeback Fountain to restore common sense. I give Brokeback Fountain two thumbs up. Men and women, once shackled and monitored with GPS monitoring systems, are finally emerging into the fabric of society, bringing their gifts and talents with them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this for real or a cynical view of Brokeback Mountain? I didn't quite get it.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Parrish said...

Neither. The date is 2020, implying it's fictional. It's satirical as opposed to cynical. Satirical, yet emphasizing the hypocrisy of the prohomosexual lobby in that the arguments they embrace for their cause are denied the pro-pedophilia and pro-child slave labor camps. Man justifies his sin because they hate the guilt.

8:28 AM  

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