Thelma & Louise; A Humanist Critique

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"Somebody said get a they did." This tagline comes from the 1991 Ridley Scott film about two best friends, who are polar opposites, who set out for a vacation to the mountains. I quick stop at a country saloon quickly escalates and their vacation plans go awry. "Thelma & Louise" is often referred to as the "ultimate men bashing" movie, and a "feminist movie." This film has long been one of my favorites because of the connection I feel to Geena Davis's character, Thelma Louise Dickinson.

The three aspects of the film that will be discussed and analyzed will be:

1. Why is this perceived as a "male bashing" movie when it really is a story of friendship?

2. The metamorphosis of the two lead characters.

3. The Southern country-like setting

Explanation of how the film aesthetics create meaning - use of specific examples from the film (15)

mountainous scenes and barren landscapes.

Discussion and analysis of central themes and symbols - use of specific examples from the film (15)

Personal style and point of view - how I feel about the film (10)mountainous scenes and barren landscapes.

This is a story about the friendship between and the transformation of the lead characters. The friendship between these women is the crux of the film. There's never any doubt that no matter what happens, they will always be there for the other. They love and accept each other in a way the men in this film will never even begin to understand (

My view of this film is that although these women commit mayhem against men, it s not without provocation. Thelma and Louise are more or less forced into some of the desperate measures they take. The film has a definite feminist edge, portraying the women as...