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Thelma & Louise 20th Anniversary
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4 years ago By: J.A. Hamilton
Thelma & Louise 20th Anniversary order
Director:
Ridley Scott

Actors:
Susan Sarandon
Geena Davis
Harvey Keitel

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two women whoíre both fed up with their lives decide to have a girls weekend out but as their cross country drive takes a detour for a couple drinks they end up committing murder. Desperate and on the run, Thelma and Louise high tail it for the Mexican Border in hopes of putting everything behind them.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Itís hard to believe this flick is twenty years old (which would have made me about twelve at the time it came out) and though I vaguely remember watching trailers for it as a kid when First Choice (now The Movie Network) came out, I can honestly say this was the first time I sat through the entire film. Iím a big Ridley Scott fan but again, I was surprised to see his name next to director. After watching it though, his handy work is easy to spot after all, despite the fact this flick is about a couple chicks flexing the old ďI am repressed woman hear me roarĒ the film does pass at a good pace with great characters, decent action and a pretty sharp story. Though Iíve never been particularly fond of the ending (Iíll get to that later) I have to admit that THEMLA & LOUISE has become a timeless and vintage piece of cinema.

There are a couple things that cause this film to look its age though, particularly how it goes back to the days when people could smoke in restaurants and bars. Iíve always worked this industry and seeing that thick haze of smoke billowing around the room certainly brings back memories. I think one of the reasons I never watched this film in its entirety until now was because of Thelma and Louise, theyíre characters just donít do much for me. Oneís got a shitty job she wants out of, the other has a shitty home arrangement and just wants out. I get that on both ends but certainly there was a better way to go about it than the way they did (both of them sneaking around before they even got into trouble). Harvey Keitel rocks here and his police persona reminds me of his performance in the underrated MORTAL THOUGHTS. Brad Pittís appearance is fun, especially when he nearly goes one on one with Shooter Mcgaven (I also loved the Jamaican dude with the Bahamas joint who blows smoke into the copís trunk).

THELMA & LOUISE became pop culture phenomena because of its controversial ending and thatís where the film lost its steam for me. I donít feel bad for the fool they smoked, he deserved it and the fact that they got robbed made them stick up a joint, again, a heat of the moment call. The fact that the detective knew and understood this and was gunning for them makes what they did a touch hard to swallow. You donít like your job, you quit. You donít like the dude your with, leave his ass. If OJ can get away with murder Iím sure these girls could too and Keitel would have seen to it. At no point does driving into the sunset and off a cliff factor into this equation for me but hey, maybe I just dig living a little too much. Either way this flick has become something like a phenomenon over the years and although itís not something Iíd watch over and over I wonít try to mess with that.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are two commentaries to choose from; one from Director Ridley Scott himself which is pretty cut and dry and the other one (the interesting one) features Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and script writer Callie Khouri. The second is girls night out all over again.

Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey: This featurette is about an hour long and as with most anniversary editions we have a cast reunion of epic proportions and really, when you revisit a film like this after so long thatís one of the coolest aspects of it for fans as well as the cast.

Original Theatrical Featurette: This is the old school featurette from the original DVD. Cool but dated.

Deleted Scenes and Extended Ending: As expected, the deleted scenes were nothing to write home about and the extended ending was trying to push the end result home a little too hard rather than the nonchalant way it all comes together in the final product which is clearly the way to go whether I agree with it or not.

Multi-Angle Storyboards: The Final Chase: Seeing as how this final scene was not only the climax of the film but the pivotal action sequence as well, thereís definitely a more engrossing story to tell about it. This is that story.

ďPart of You, Part of MeĒ Music Video by Glenn Frey: This is the film themed music video. Also cool but a bit dated.

Previews: There are some trailers as well as some TV Spots.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
We all know how this story ends but that doesnít stop this flick from putting up big points in the entertainment department. Itís cool seeing Keitel in his prime and itís nice to see Geena Davis again (seriously, where the hell did she disappear to?). Sure, I donít agree with the end result but that doesnít make this flick any less of a classic. It would have been nice to see more new footage in the extras though.
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4:02PM on 03/22/2011
I don't love the ending, but I understand it. And there's no way Slocum could intervene after the FBI got involved, and out of his jurisdiction. But this is arguably my personal favorite Ridley Scott movie. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for road movies. It has my favorite Christopher McDonald role as the useless Darryl, Michael Madsen in a 180 degree turn from his infamous Mr. Blonde, and Brad Pitt in what now feels like an historical milestone in his career, when he was destined to become the
I don't love the ending, but I understand it. And there's no way Slocum could intervene after the FBI got involved, and out of his jurisdiction. But this is arguably my personal favorite Ridley Scott movie. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for road movies. It has my favorite Christopher McDonald role as the useless Darryl, Michael Madsen in a 180 degree turn from his infamous Mr. Blonde, and Brad Pitt in what now feels like an historical milestone in his career, when he was destined to become the sexiest man in Hollywood for all those years. But of course it's what Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis do with Callie Khouri's dialogue that really sells it. The ending may be sad, but Scott approaches it with the same energy as the rest of the film, and the duo remain unapologetic and free, in keeping with the rest of the movie.
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12:21PM on 03/22/2011
Good review! Thelma and Louise is a personal favorite of mine and is a perfect 10 movie to me =] I love the characters and I even love the ending =]
Good review! Thelma and Louise is a personal favorite of mine and is a perfect 10 movie to me =] I love the characters and I even love the ending =]
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9:55AM on 03/22/2011
Saw it when it first came out and remember everyone going.."Who was that guy!!" Of course I was 21 and am a woman so everything in the film was awesome! The OJ reference doesn't get it as this was way before that. I love the ending and I understand it. For the first time in their lives they were "free"....in their minds there was no going to jail. As a side note, my friend and I were ruotinely get arrested on out of town trips...don't ask....so we ended up with the nick names Thelma & Louise
Saw it when it first came out and remember everyone going.."Who was that guy!!" Of course I was 21 and am a woman so everything in the film was awesome! The OJ reference doesn't get it as this was way before that. I love the ending and I understand it. For the first time in their lives they were "free"....in their minds there was no going to jail. As a side note, my friend and I were ruotinely get arrested on out of town trips...don't ask....so we ended up with the nick names Thelma & Louise amoung all our friends. ;)
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