One of the joys of having a work experience student join the STACK team is the opportunity to expose them to classic movies. This week, Mimi Franes was sat in front of a bona fide must-see that she’d never seen – Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise. Did she love it as much as we do? Read on…
THELMA & LOUISE (1991) – Directed by Ridley Scott
Thelma and Louise is an excellently made classic film that captures the lives of two women who find themselves on the run from the law. First off, I noticed the contrast in personalities between Thelma and Louise – Thelma being a chirpy, gullible woman desperate to have a little fun, and Louise being a more mature yet stubborn character who enjoys having a good time but will do anything to keep herself and Thelma safe.
I like that misogyny was portrayed in a realistic way and not overdone. It showed what life was like to be living as a woman in the ‘90s without making it the main theme of the movie. The two were ready to enjoy a relaxing getaway from their partners but instead found themselves on a crime spree after Louise discovers her best friend being sexually assaulted by a drunken man they’d met at a bar. Louise shoots him, causing his death and sparking their thrilling journey to avoid getting caught by the authorities.
What I liked most about the movie was that is wasn’t predictable. There were many twists that were all appropriately positioned and managed to enrich the movie’s strong storyline. I found that Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, as Thelma and Louise respectively, delivered very strong performances and I could see how their friendship developed throughout the film, and also how the characters developed individually. By the end, it was obvious that the experiences Thelma had gone through helped to strengthen her and give herself a new confidence to stand up for herself and to leave her abusive, controlling husband.
Overall I very much enjoyed watching Thelma and Louise. I thought the cinematography was great, as it included a variety of camera angles, each one fitting the scene perfectly. I also liked the soundtrack to the film; it complemented the movie very well. It has a solid and fun storyline and the ending was totally unpredictable.