*A note to the reader:
I wrote this as I watched Thelma & Louise for the first time. It’s not necessarily as formulated as other posts are, but I thought I’d give a little stream of consciousness a go!
I don’t know a lot about Thelma & Louise other that Brad Pitt is hot, and two ladies (Thelma: Geena Davis and Louise: Susan Sarandon) go on a crime spree.
Prediction: For a change, Harvey Keitel is going to be the cop who cares too much whose mission it is to track the ladies down and stop their good time. Major Buzzkill!
I’m surprised that Ridley Scott directed the film. That immediately gives me some reassurance about it.
There isn’t much I like about her, but doggonit I love when Susan Sarandon does her deep southern accent!
Thelma’s husband, Shooter McGavin, is a real jerk, which gives me a bit of sympathy for her desire to escape. This proceeds throughout the movie, but he’s more of an idiot than a jerk. He’s literally a nobody who can’t take care of himself.
The Polaroid camera doesn’t date the movie at all.
You don’t notice the absence of smoking in today’s movies until you see the prevalence of it in movies from the last 2 decades.
The country bar scene toward the beginning is exactly how I imagine Susan Sarandon would have fun–reserved and stuffy.
Oh, the line dancing. No, no, no.
Lesson: when a hick buys you beers and grinds up on you. Something bad’s gonna go down.
Add alcohol and a gun: someone’s gonna die.
Throw in that adrenaline rush: we’ve got ourselves a crime spree!
I feel like Louise has done this who outlaw thing before. She’s pretty much ready and eager to just go on the run after committing her first murder. No discussion, just head for the border! She immediately decides to go to Mexico–really man at Thelma for not jumping on board with her decision to evade the authorities.
Just FYI, I cannot forgive Louise, because she hates Texas. Like, HATES it. She immediately knows that Texas is the one place where they’re sure to find you if you’re on the run. It is a pretty small place, after all. It’s where everybody knows your name.
Pretty quick, Thelma becomes an alcoholic. Immediately buying fistfuls of whiskey…because we all just saw how well everything works when we just throw alcohol at it.
Then, she can’t stop talking about how “smokin’ hot” Brad Pitt’s butt is (something of which we see all too much, after awhile).
It’s also very apparent that Brad Pitt is a vampire. He magically makes it ahead of them on a completely random road and proceeds to give them a smoldering, sexy look for about 500 miles. I shouldn’t be surprised; that’s what cowboy-vampire-hobo-bank-robbers do, after all.
It’s shameless how much they just gratuitously have Brad Pitt shirtless.
Put. It. Away.
…and then he burns them. That’s what you get for sleeping with someone like him! Now, there obviously is nothing else to do than to turn to a life of crime. All of a sudden, Thelma is a seasoned, calm, cool, and collected bank robber. No qualms. No regrets.
In addition, Louise is an expert in legal intricacies.
Harvey Keitel, a kind-hearted but relentless cop, gives Thelma a talking to, and she replies with snarky comments.
*Cue driving montage with dated musical ballad and rude truck driver*
I know, let’s rob a cop and make him cry! It’s OK, though, because they apologize for it.
Also, they want hick truck drivers to apologize for lewdness. It’s great that these ladies have morals.
But be sure not to litter. That would be wrong.
“If working in a bar doesn’t make you an expert on human nature, nothing does.”
“I’ve always believed that, if done properly, armed robbery doesn’t have to be a completely unpleasant experience.”
Well, that’s just good sense!
Moral of the story: As long as you have a really, really good reason, and nothing to tie you down, do whatever you want, because it’s cathartic and you’re enjoying yourself.
However, at the end of the road, when the big bad cop (who really doesn’t want to bust you, he just wants to help) is about to catch you, drive off a cliff. Just do it.
“At least now I’m getting to have some fun!”
I wasn’t overly thrilled with this movie. I sympathized with Thelma at least because she had a bad situation to escape. However, it didn’t really work for me that they just easily jump into a life of crime out of the blue.
Verdict: I see how the feminist symbolism comes into play here, but is the best way to take charge of your life to go on a crime spree? I didn’t hate it, but I wouldn’t really say it deserves a place in the Top 100 modern classics.