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Thelma & Louise (SE)
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10.08.2004 By: Indiana Sev
Thelma & Louise (SE) order
Director:
Ridley Scott

Actors:
Susan Sarandon
Geena Davis
Harvey Keitel

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Geena Davis (Thelma) and Susan Sarandon (Louise) star as two southern gals who desperately need some time away from the men in their lives. As they head out for an innocent fishing trip, a sequence of events soon turns these best friends into wanted fugitives and tests the strength of their friendship and their will to survive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Once in a while you get a movie that’s almost perfect, a film that has elements of a great road movie, a heartfelt drama, a comedy and an action film. A movie with great acting across the board, inspired directing, a beautiful score and wonderfully written dialogue. THELMA & LOUISE has almost nothing wrong with it and it’s amazing to see almost all these aspects meld together so well. The bulk of the credit goes to director Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR, BLADERUNNER), a man who’s generally known for great sci-fi and action movies, who takes over the helm of a film about these two women and makes it all work just wonderfully. This movie also has some of the most breathtaking aerial shots that you’ll ever see; T&L travel across many southern states and the opportunity is certainly there to showcase these wondrous landscapes. Hans Zimmer also provides a memorable score that you’ll soon not forget as it perfectly captures the mood of desperation that is often felt in the film.

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were both up for Oscars for this one and deservedly so. It’s their convincing portrayals of, not only best friends, but two women caught in extraordinarily tense and difficult situations and how they handle themselves accordingly, that helps give credibility to a story that would otherwise seem far-fetched. Then there’s the supporting cast that just brings it all together. Chris McDonald gets all the laughs as the inconsiderate jerk of a husband, Brad Pitt stands out in all his scenes as a hitch-hiker with abs of steel and Harvey Keitel is the sympathetic southern detective who desperately tries to find a solution for the mess these ladies have gotten themselves into (although his southern accent is as believable as Mr. Costner’s British one in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES). Michael Madsen also impresses as his usual cool and slick self as he portrays one of the only good guys in the entire film. As far the accusations the film received over its apparent "male-bashing"...that’s total nonsense. The Oscar winning screenplay by Callie Khouri actually shows both the good and bad sides of us pigs and comes across more as social commentary than feminist propaganda. And remember....this is coming from one of the “pigs”.
THE EXTRAS
You’ve got everything you’ve always wanted and more on these two discs. First off, two separate audio commentaries, one solely with Ridley and another with Geena, Susan and the writer Callie Khouri. Of the two, I’d suggest the latter if only because of the fun they seem to have reliving the experience of it all from the written page ‘til the final cut. Ridley is great in his commentary as well, his passion for movie-making is apparent as he discusses everything from improvisation to set-ups. An hour-long documentary: Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey is just plain fascinating as we get present day interviews from cast (including many of the supporting players) and crew talking about everything from their casting to the hoopla and sensation the film caused all over America soon after its release.

For the die-hard fan out there, there are also around 16 deleted/extended scenes for you to drool over, although I got a bigger kick out of the alternate ending with Ridley’s comments playing over. It’s no big change, but enough for it to have changed the mood of the audience at the finale. In the end, I think you’ll agree they picked the right one. Compared to everything else, the short featurette and photo gallery didn’t do much for me, but for the amateur filmmaker out there, there is a cool storyboard sequence ( “The Final Chase”) that’s set to the score of the film that’s impressive, especially when put against the actual footage in the film for comparison. Oh yeah, if you give a shit, they dumped a Glenn Frey video in there for good measure. Some original trailers and TV spots round out this barrage of extras, enough to please all you feminists out there…just kidding.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
What more do you want to hear? Like I said earlier, it’s almost perfect. Rent it, buy it, damn...steal it if you have to...just see it! It’s got enough extras to please even the pickiest of film geeks, enough Pitt to satisfy the horniest of teenagers and enough girl-power bravado to send us insensitive swines into hiding until the sun comes up…or until dinner is ready. Just kidding. Heh,heh.
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