Film Review Of The Week: Thelma And Louise (1991)
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THELMA AND LOUISE HERE IS A FILM REVIEW ON ONE OF THE BEST FILMS EVER!!! A feel good, timeless film for women. A film about true love and friendship and being bad
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THELMA AND LOUISE HERE IS A FILM REVIEW ON ONE OF THE BEST FILMS EVER!!!
A feel good, timeless film for women. A film about true love and friendship and being bad ass (which we all are.)
Set out on a harmless weekend away from their humdrum lives, two best friend Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) find themselves guilty of murder, armed robbery and on the run from the state police. Bumping in to J.D (Brad Pitt) on their way to Mexico, things take a bigger turn for the worse.
At the beginning of the film we encounter Thelma, a timid housewife who doesn’t dare ask her moronic, hothead, husband, Darryl whether she can go on the trip, and Louise, a very calm and collected character, at work smoking a cigarette. The difference is obvious between the two girls, Louise is seemingly an independent strong-minded woman with a rock star boyfriend, and Thelma, married at a young age and has only been with one man, is timid and reliant upon him. Together they set out in Louise’s 1966 Thunderbird convertible for ‘one hell of a trip’.
The films two protagonists are flawless in their portrayals of good girls gone bad. Davis and Sarandon, perfectly display the dramatic and intense transformation of the two women, ‘neither one of us would’ve ever pulled a stint like this three days ago, but if you’d meet my husband, you’d understand why’, Thelma calmly says to a police officer. Not only are the two leading ladies exceptional in their performance as Thelma and Louise, but Brad Pitt’s appearance, with his long, blonde hair and impressive washboard abs, brings a hint of silly to the story line, as he plays a young student, and criminal, who robs convenient stores and gas stations, and of course, Louise’s life savings, and later mocks Darryl at the police station ‘I like your wife’, J.D smiles.
It could be argued that there’s an extremely feminist approach to Thelma and Louise as the majority of the male characters are made out to be, chauvinistic, imbecilic, pigs whom steal, cheat and lie, and are the victims of the ladies’ crimes. The police officer, the lorry driver and the rapist, and even Thelma’s husband is illustrated as a senseless brute. But there are glimmers of hope for men, in Thelma and Louise through the characters of Jimmy (Michael Madsen), whom flies over two states to see Louise and lend her over six thousand dollars and then goes on to propose to Louise, while Louise does not accept, it does not diminish her feelings for men, or Jimmy, as she solely does this to protect him.
With its slick script, amazing cinematography and legendary characters, Thelma and Louise, is sharp and corrupt but lovely all the same. Ridley Scott hasn’t been afraid to explore and play with gender stereotypes, which is what gives this movie its rogue, impish feel.
An inspiring film of friendship and freedom, Thelma and Louise are favourable characters that are brave and strong and could arguably send out a good message to young women, disregarding their criminal acts.
I think Thelma and Louise really let us know what ‘my ride or die’ truly means when it comes to your BFF.