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I would have rated the movie at four stars, instead of three and a half, except for one shot, the last shot before the titles begin. This is the catharsis shot, the payoff, the moment when Thelma and Louise arrive at the truth that their whole journey has been pointed toward, and Scott and his editor, Thom Noble, botch it. It’s a freeze frame that fades to white, which is fine, except it does so with unseemly haste, followed immediately by a vulgar carnival of distractions: flashbacks to the jolly faces of the two women, the roll of the end credits, an upbeat country song.

Roger Ebert, telling it like it unfortunately is about Thelma and Louise, a movie which I just saw for the first time, about which I well-knew the ending, about which I was getting choked up regardless, and whose badly mishandled final shot flattened a beautiful sadness into a mere bummed-outedness. Oh well. Still, a fine movie. (via sexpigeon)
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