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…
"I've never been lucky! Not one time!"
one of Ridley's most stylistically reserved films, one that even more than 20 years later is still unquestionably daring in its (expertly acted) depiction of complicated women, especially given that, technically, in the eyes of the law Louise is a murderer -- Harlan the rapist has ceased his attack when she kills him (not that i'd argue against her, and by the way, Sarandon's hiss "You watch your mouth, buddy" and the look on her face after popping Harlan, have every single time made me choke up a little, ever since i saw this on VHS at age 12). i love it.
but the more i rewatch it, one thing continues to trouble…
I think I'm a little too into this movie.
Post-Prometheus, I was espousing the opinion to a friend that Ridley Scott had only ever made two really good films in the course of his career - Alien and, surprisingly enough, Matchstick Men - when she asked, but what about Thelma & Louise? She was incredulous that I'd never seen it so after rectifying the situation I have to grudgingly update the total to three. But that's despite Scott's best efforts to drown the film with needlessly flashy visuals and pop video cinematography. But the script and performances are just too good and the film is a blast as result. It's little wonder it's become so iconic. Glad I've finally caught up with it.
Thelma & Louise holds up pretty well, but I liked it a lot better in 91.
It had an excellent cast for the time, and it was nice to revisit this film to see these actors/actresses in their younger days. The story is a good one, but already knowing it does cause it to lose something on a re-watch.
So it's better the first time you see it, but it holds up well enough to revisit. It gets a recommendation from me.
This movie is a feminist version of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." It features an Oscar-winning screenplay and two outstanding lead performances by Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise. What makes this movie different is that we have two women committing crimes and mischief instead of men. This clever twist is supposed to challenge our double standards for men and women. If it is alright for men to behave criminally, then it should be alright for women to behave the same way. But, as I said, crime is crime, whether men or women commit it. The script is clever but merely clever. As the women drive from state to state trying to escape the law, we…
A great female empowerment film, that lagged in the middle, with good character development.
Absolutely amazing! love the story , love the characters , love the music by hans zimmer , love brad pitt.....but..the end of the film could be better
Slightly underwhelmed considering the reputation it has, perhaps I was expecting too much or something different.
(aka That Escalated Quickly: The Movie)
Two hours of wildly entertaining feminist propaganda. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Ridley Scott kills it, as usual.
Gloriously entertaining story of two women who stop apologizing for being women and do whatever the fuck they want. It's the grandstanding climax that's remembered, but this is important as a story of women throwing off the shackles of what they're "supposed" to be; just allowing women to do a familiar story typically given to men without it being treated as some sort of feckless novelty. They're not villains, they're not antiheroes, they're just normal women acting on endless, abject sexism with equal retribution. With a cast this good, it's wildly entertaining, but the absolute realism of their male opponents make this really resonate.
Funny, exciting road movie conveys the thrill of escape from the confines of society. The film gains grandeur and emotional depth as it progresses, leading to a moving, operatic finale. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon give natural performances, and Harvey Keitel is charming. Good score, languid cinematography, beautiful scenery.
Despite some flaws (minor pacing in the middle, some less-than-necessary scenes) that were even more obvious the 2nd time, I still can't not absolutely love the this film. It's just too appealing; the freedom, the cars, the landscapes, the goddamn music. The chemistry between the two girls is fantastic and the transformation of Thelma from shy housewife to rugged bandit pointing guns at cops is beautiful to watch. They even got the ending right, in my opinion.
24 hours on I'm not at all sure what I think of Thelma & Louise - I don't think I like its portrayal of women and of women breaking free.