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Thelma & Louise
Somebody said get a life... so they did.
Whilst on a short weekend getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it and thus a cross country chase ensues for the two fugitives. Along the way, both women rediscover the strength of their friendship and surprising aspects of their personalities and self-strengths in the trying times.
Saddest thing about this film is that it'd still seem gutsy if a major studio released it today. Louise's righteous fury just before she pulls the trigger ("In the future, when a woman's crying like that, she isn't having any fun!") has lost none of its accusatory power; that the shooting is unjustified, in response to a crude insult after the immediate danger has passed, is crucial, and it's hard to imagine how it escaped being altered during development. Plus, let's count all the major motion pictures that were subsequently made about two complex women who oh are we done counting already no I'm afraid Bride Wars doesn't qualify. I'm even somewhat inclined to forgive T&L's one massive flaw,…
With my entire movie collection stuck inside dozens of boxes for the next 10-14 days, I was left to channel surf last night. Luckily I found Thelma & Louise on Sundance, which I hadn't seen in well over a decade. The rewatch was refreshing on several levels, and seeing it with a different eye this time around made me appreciate some of its unique qualities a bit more.
At the time of this film's release, Ridley Scott really didn't have much humor to speak of in his filmography. Now I'm not saying that Thelma & Louise is an all-out comedy, but it definitely has a lot of elements that make you frequently smile and giggle, and it features characters that are equally…
Feminist road-movie, man-hating escapism? Yes and no; although Thelma and Louise has many male characters that are deplorable; it's not exactly dishonest, and even then, some of the characters; like Brad Pitt's are surprisingly humane and sympathetic.
I've never really thought that a lot of men are for lack of better word, attractive. Sure, conventionally attractive men exist and I can admit when a man is well made; but I've always had a sort of soft spot for Brad Pitt; not in the flaccid dick kind of way either. He's just one of those guys men (like me) half-wish to be and the sort of guy most men want to look like.
Saying that, I'm okay looking the way I…
Surprised it’s taken me this long, but it’s worth the wait. Thelma & Louise depicts the freedom of the open road with unforgiving intensity, following the titular woman on the run from their troubles to only fall into crime at various points. Ridley Scott displays the two women as more than eye candy, giving Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis the chance to emote power and a dramatic presence in their glittering work. There’s also a wonderful charm to proceedings, made emphatically by those two performances and the comedic style Scott persists with on their journey. An entertaining work with some great support in the form of a young Brad Pitt, the underrated Michael Madsen (feels weird to see him in something good outside of a Tarantino release) and Harvey Keitel.
I found another 1999 essay from Film School which I thought I'd share with you:
Ridley Scott’s film Thelma & Louise created a whirlwind of debate on the subject of gender after it’s release in the summer of 1991. The real reason for the controversy was because it featured females in replacement to the traditional male leads that one would expect in a road movie. But how had this road movie with female leads caused such controversy and be seen by some to be “a recruitment for the NRA” while others celebrated the social change it was attempting to do?
The U.S. News & World Report labelled the film as “toxic” and degrading to men in its review while Time magazine aggressively…
Escapist fantasy for mistreated housewives? Sure. But an entertaining and well made movie nonetheless. God, Brad Pitt looks crazy young.
Thelma & Louise is Ridley Scott's direction at its absolute finest. It's not only funny, but also raises some really great points, and there never is a moment where the film seems aesthetically inconsistent or unpleasing. A really entertaining film that however does drag on a fair amount. Regardless, the way this film is shot is incredibly inspiring to me, despite the shortcomings the screenplay presents. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis are very very very good, even the supporting cast is mostly good, if not a bit unrealistic. It's not the most serious-fare, yet this film should not be ignored because of that.
Ridley Scott toont hier dat hij een begenadigd regisseur is en kan rekenen op twee ijzersterke actrices in de hoofdrollen.
This film takes two extremes of female character archetypes and fleshes them out into believable, complex human beings, all while keeping you wildly entertained for two hours with an unexpectedly unpredictable crime spree story. A must watch.
So god damn important.
"I don't ever remember feeling this awake."
Enjoyable as much for its comments on male privilege as for the duo of Sarandon and Davis.
Hadn't seen this movie in a while. I had forgotten how good it is ... and it made me very nostalgic for the early 90's.
"Thelma & Louise" is part road movie, part crime drama, and entirely a study of feminism in modern society. From the very beginning, both titular characters are thrust into the film's main story while also representing tools in an examination of how women are treated by men, and how they are viewed by society as a whole. But the film is, first and foremost, an entertaining one, that seamlessly fuses with the subtext as time goes on.
Chemistry is always important when casting an onscreen pair, but I feel as if the actresses picked to play these two roles had to have been carefully selected. There is so much unspoken history between these two characters that had one actress been miscast…
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