Thelma and Louise is about two women trapped in a society where men rule, but starts to fight the norms after their experiences fleeing the country gives them a self-realization to stand up for themselves. Released in 1991, the movie is both a box office and critical success starring Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise. One of the most successful movies of 1991, the film was directed by Ridley Scott and written by Callie Khouri, and got several Academy Awards nominations and won the award for original screenplay (Metro Goldwyn Mayer).
A road trip movie, the film itself defies the norms by putting two women in an adventure usually done by men. Exploring the theme of women empowerment, we see how in the beginning of the movie, Thelma is a battered housewife who couldn’t even get a permission for a vacation with Louise. However, in the course of the movie Thelma was transformed into someone strong and aggressive because of her experiences with men: her controlling husband Daryl (Christopher McDonald); Harlan (Timothy Carhart), who tried to rape her and was shot by Louise; and J. D. (Brad Pitt).
This transformation is when Thelma gets her gun and robs a convenience store. This is the first manifestation of her epiphany after she took over their trip when Louise is having a breakdown because J. D. stole her life’s savings after seducing Thelma. In a way, we can say that J. D. ’s robbery was the last straw for both Thelma and Louise. Thelma, gullible and weak finally showed us that she can be strong, and robs in the way that J. D. taught her to.
Louise, who is on the onset strong and hardened by life, shows a different side of her as she breaks down. Thelma feeling empowered, embraces the new her, saying to Louise who recovers from her breakdown, “I know it’s crazy, but I just feel like I got a knack for this shit. ” Thus, it can be said that the target audience of Thelma and Louise are young adult women. Today, it is common and ideal practice to treat women equally with men; however, the culture of men being superior to women can still be seen.
There are still some people who think that women should follow men. What this movie tells young adults like Thelma and Louise is that we should learn to stand up for ourselves and get out of abusive relationships and people. In this sense, I can say that the movie was able to realistically portray the hardships women have to suffer because of how people look at them in our society. In the movie, we can see how women are forced to commit crimes they didn’t want to do because of how men see them in our society.
But because of their experiences, they learned to feel good about themselves. We can also see how Thelma and Louise gain self-confidence as they learn to value and love themselves even if others don’t. Works Cited Metro Goldwyn Mayer. (n. d. ). Thelma and Loiuse. Retrieved June 6, 2009, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer: http://www. mgm. com/title_title. php? title_star=THELMA Scott, R. (Director). (1991). Thelma and Louise [Motion Picture].Sample Essay of RushEssay.com