One Final Trip
Leaving Normal was an okay film. It was a little long for me and there was nothing special about it. The writing was okay, the acting was fine, and the cinematography was good for the lower budget film. There were some really cheesey aspects the film. Such as, Sixty-Six and her getting engaged to a rich many after meeting him for only a few hours. However, I was happy that Marianne and Darlene were able to leave their bad habits behind them and find a home together in Alaska. Also, I liked how the film was left open ended. It is up to the viewer to decide the fate for both of these women, do Marianne and Harry ever meet again, and does Darlene ever get to see her daughter?
It is hard to pick just one film from the entire semester that I liked best. Of course, Little Miss Sunshine is up there because it is so typical of every family and a person can easily relate to it. Set if Off was also one of my favorite because it focused on the minorities in America and showed the struggle that people go through just to survive day by day. Easy Rider was also very good, even though it downplays women but it really shows the focus of the film industry in 1960s. Finally, Thelma and Louise just broke all the rules and really set up a new set of characters for women. Overall, I really enjoyed this semester and all of the wonderful films we got to explore.