Why Haven’t I Watched Thelma and Louise (1991) Before?

This week, I discover:

  • Thelma and Louise really is a classic
  • Films can be funny and tragic
  • Old films can be shockingly relevant today

Review of Thelma and Louise (1991), starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott.

I am not going to go into huge detail in this review – there are dozens of other reviews out there of Thelma and Louise and I don’t want to just repeat things.

However, I did want to write about it a little.

You see, I have been putting off watching this film because it was a classic and I wasn’t in the mood for something serious.

Anyone who has seen the film will be laughing at me now.  And, really, I should know better.

Yes, it’s hilarious.

I wanted to write a quick review to say how absolutely amazing the film Thelma and Louise is!

Why it’s amazing:

It’s (sadly) remained extremely relevant

It’s surprisingly relevant to today.  Almost thirty years on, the themes of modern women struggling to be independent, have sexual freedom, have control over their own bodies and survive in a system which is stacked against them all suddenly feel very timely.

It’s hilarious

I laughed aloud so much when watching this.  It’s lucky I was at home and nobody minded.  To be fair, they were laughing too.

Some of the humour is situational, some of it is the deadpan delivery of great lines and some of it comes from the contrast of the extreme, over-the-top reaction to things that, two days before, these two normal women would have put up with (I am thinking specifically of the scene in the gas station).

It’s beautifully shot

This one might speak for itself.  It is, after all, directed by Ridley Scott.

The scene where they drive through the mountains is so beautifully lit that I had to go back and watch it again.

Why you should watch it:

This is a 90’s study in modern feminism

Like I said, it’s sadly still a study in modern feminism.

It’s a classic

It’s a classic film because it’s so beautifully written, directed and acted.  It’s important and entertaining in equal measure.

You finally understand the significance of those famous scenes

We’ve all seen clips of it or heard about the dramatic ending, but nothing replaces the experience of actually watching the whole thing for yourself.  You’ll get to experience the emotional journey that makes that famous end scene so poignant.

Tell me what you think about Thelma and Louise

If you’ve seen the film, let me know what you think.  Obviously this is only a very short review and I assume that, if you want to know more, you can search for one of the many, many other reviews available.  But I’m really interested to know if there is anything I’ve missed out.

Tell me why you love it!

Leave a comment below or follow me on Twitter @AlisonJanetBro1.  Say hello and let’s chat about Thelma and Louise.

See you next week

I hope you’ll come back and read next week’s post, which will be about that little ol’ phrase ‘he felt like he was meant to be there’.

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