I must admit that my movie-going became pretty erratic during my time in UmeŚ so I am one of the few people who (mysteriously) still haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain. This all all the more strange as I watched some of Ang Lee’s early films in the cinema when I lived in Copenhagen – this was when Lee still wasn’t really a mainstream director (I use the term mainstream in a neutral sense here) – and liked them very much.
But it gets stranger as I have had Eat Drink Man Woman lying on my DVR for, well, let’s just say far too long.
I remembered it as a wonderful film and I wasn’t the least disappointed.
Just one more thing: Roger Ebert – even more mysteriously – hasn’t reviewed Eat Drink Man Woman but he gave Lee’s earlier Wedding Banquet a three-star rating with these concluding words:
What makes the film work is the underlying validity of the story, the way the filmmakers don’t simply go for melodrama and laughs, but pay these characters their due. At the end of the film, I was a little surprised how much I cared for them.