When I picked it for my best movie of 2018, I knew neither of the other guys on the podcast was going to see it, despite me telling them to. And since that meant there would be no conversation about it, I just wrote up some comments to read. I thought I later posted it as a review, but I guess I didn’t, so here it is now.
I can’t imagine how anyone can see what’s coming, but I suppose that’s pretty subjective. My feeling is that you can’t understand parts of the movie until you’ve seen the whole thing. And I don’t mean whether something supernatural is going on. That’s probably one of the least interesting things you could say about the movie! I mean how you’ve been watching a movie in which the father isn’t repressive, but entirely correct, and the heroine isn’t a victim, but a perpetrator who obliterates another woman’s free will. Julia, who isn’t a lesbian and who wouldn’t have loved Thelma, is the real victim here. Along with Thelma’s younger brother. And mother. And certainly father. If you had seen the story from any of their perspectives, it would have been a horror movie.