THELMA AND LOUISE is a great movie about two women who set out on a weekend vacation, but end up becoming two fugitives on the run across the American southwest. The acting is wonderful. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis have never had finer performances and the supporting "male" cast does just as fine a job (not only was this the film that made Brad Pitt a star, this also was the movie that jump-started Harvey Keitel's career). After his success with ALIEN, Ridley Scott made a few lackluster films before striking the goldmine again with THELMA AND LOUISE. Just about everything he did with the movie illustrates how talented of a filmmaker he is, from the vista views to the soundtrack to the casting to the closing scene.
Nevertheless, with all the wonderful things about the film, the movie is simply a buddy flick, but with women instead of men. A buddy flick about two women had really never quite been done before and the film did cause some controversy.It is also true that the film touches upon broad topics and social issues such as rape, justice, and what it means to be free (freedom always comes with a price tag). The film also has a great soundtrack and some awesome visuals of the American southwest. Still when you drain the memorable melodies and take all the pretty pictures away, the film remains at the core as simply just another buddy flick. A really good buddy flick, but a buddy flick nonetheless.
Pros: Sarandon & Davis and the story itself Cons: not sure The Bottom Line: ...... The Oracle says: Christopher McDonald has a Bacon number of 2. Christopher McDonald was in Divorce: A Contemporary Western (1998) with Elias Koteas Elias Koteas was in Novocaine (2001) with Kevin Bacon *** Ah, those winsome little babes, Louise (Susan Sarandon) … more
Fed up with her boyfriend (Michael Madsen), live-wire Arkansas waitress Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) persuades her friend Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis), a naive housewife burdened with a negligent, sexist husband (Christopher McDonald), to hit the road with her for a weekend of freedom. One of their first stops is a bar where the women relax, dance, and flirt with some of the locals. But the situation turns ugly when one man (Timothy Carhart) follows Thelma to the parking lot and attempts to rape her, causing Louise to shoot and accidentally kill him. Convinced that the police will never believe their version of the incident, the women take off, now fugitives from the law. Emboldened by recent events, Thelma picks up studly young cowboy J.D. (Brad Pitt) in Oklahoma and enjoys a one-night stand that leads to even more trouble. Director Ridley Scott's infamous feminist road movie ranks among the best films of the 1990s. Along with BLADE RUNNER and ALIEN, the film is one of Scott's finest works, largely ...