Thelma and Louise are two women who decide to stop being as women are supposed to be: they not only don’t follow the “women’s role”, but also don’t follow any kind of stereotype. They just act, following her instinct, with no reference, even without thinking of what they want to do or are doing. The result: surprises and more surprises, and controversy. It’s 1991, and most of the women are supposed to be submissive, housewives and to take care of their husbands. Just like Thelma is. But she is fed up with it.
And here comes the main surprise: she doesn’t resign herself, but on the contrary, she decides to don’t obey her husband anymore, which in the end, it comes up to be a fight against sexism. How? She calls her friend Louise, and suddenly, they’re both in the middle of the road looking for freedom and driving a cabriolet to the countryside. But they would never get there. Things get complicated at the first night out, when Thelma is almost raped. Almost, because Louise suddenly appears with a gun and kills the man who was trying to abuse her. A woman using a gun! Nowadays it’s not that surprising, but it definitely was in 1991. Basically, that scene represented women fighting against sexism. And even more, with guns. The police persecute them, Louise robes a bank and they make a lorry burn out because its driver had done obscene gestures to them. Nothing to do with the “current” women in 1991.
No happy ending (don’t worry about spoilers), and Hollywood really liked happy endings. But the controversy was not only for this reason, but also because of the reaction of the audience: some people thought it was too much violent, others said that it hated men. However, some people concluded that the movie would make Hollywood produce more movies in which women were the leading roles. Later, it was and it still is considered a myth of feminism. Consequently, if we look back, two things happened: one, no more movies in which the principal roles were women. Two – and the positive one-, the surprises are now incidental: nowadays, we just focus on the guns, but from a humoristic point of view. We don’t think through them because we all know about feminism, and the nowadays society fights against sexism. In contrast to 1991, today the movie wouldn’t cause controversy. It wouldn’t surprise us in the way it surprised in 1991. This means something. And somehow, we must be proud. But there’s still so much work to do. We should watch Thelma and Louise every now and then and compare. Maybe the next time we watch it, we’ll be more used to watch movies in which the principal roles are women. Hopefully.