Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: Callie Khouri

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brad Pitt, Timothy Carhart, Lucinda Jenney, Jason Beghe

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Somebody said get a life... so they did.

Plot:  Louise is working in a diner as a waitress and has some problems with her boyfriend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I think I liked it a bit more when I saw it twenty years ago.  It's got a great premise and there are some nice moments but there's more in the picture than there needs to be.  Plus there are times when it's just being too Hollywood-y.  Maybe I wanted something grittier and a little edgier or maybe just shorter.  It's a good film but far from a great one.  Of course I'm in the minority on that one.  Great ending, though.  Still waiting on that sequel. 

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