Friday, May 14, 2010

Thelma & Louise

1991's Thelma & Louise does an interesting thing with the road movie. It casts two women in the lead of an ultra-feminist script, yet hires one of Hollywood's renowned action directors to helm the film. It results in an entertaining film, with the wonderful shots on the road and the performances from the two great female leads making up for the ludicrous, laughable, and unfair portrait of men portrayed in the film. Ridley Scott is the director, not one of my favorites, but who does know how to craft an interesting film (let's see how Robin Hood will turn out this weekend). I do believe that he is the one that saves the film from itself, again providing great shots and handling certain scenes very well. The Oscar winning script from first time screenwriter Callie Khouri is fun but ridiculous and irresponsible. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are two delightful actresses and shine in the leads. The film would have been a disaster in other actresses' hands.