The rise of feminism in the 20th century brings with it a different angle of perception towards women. Kaplan (35) observes that traditional social elements such as media, education, religion and family have always considered the role of a woman to be backseat. Hollywood which is one of the most powerful aspects has also experienced the impact of feminism activisms. Perhaps Louise and Thelma is one of such productions that made a statement in the 90’s about how women view fellow women as Cooper (5) agrees. Alien too is a movie that stirred controversy on sexuality and feminisms. This study will look at the rationale for studying women or gender studies in regards to media and film and the relevance of the feminist ideas in the two films.
Louise and Thelma is a 90’s production that was directed by Ridley Scott from the concept of melodrama and action. Various analysts have termed the film as the pioneer feminist road movie because it brings out a strong carefree woman who takes up the traditional role of a lead male actor. Traditionally all productions of movies in Hollywood, especially in the action movies had male actors as the lead figures. Female acts were either supporting cast or were used as compassionate or sex goddesses. Women of color as Hooks (117) illustrates, were used in even lower cadre positions in these productions. However, Louise and Thelma were released from the perspective of a female spectator for the audience of women. The film brings the audience to the realization of women as not being traditionally timid and laid back, but with powerful attributes that distance themselves from the emotional. The movie brings a woman out as a possible threat to the society and a fugitive who uses sly tactics, something that male actors have been accustomed. Alien on its part is a sci-fi movie that is more controversial than it is theoretical. It portrays sexual blending of genders brought about by aliens hence creating tension of gender power. Before analyzing the themes and rationale of the feminism theories in the film, it is vital to summarize the plot of the two films. Louise and Thelma begin with the two ladies taking a trip to the country with a convertible car for a vacation. However, the plot sees the two ladies get into the various challenges and obstacles that drive them to take the unprecedented actions that are not normally associated with ladies in the film. Traditionally in film, women faced with danger would cry or look for a male savior or hero to save the day in the scenario. Matter of fact, the director shows that once the two ladies conquered an obstacle, they become stronger and more determined. For instance, when Thelma survives the rape attempt by Harlan, her fears depart and she goes ahead to handle guns and carjacks police officers. Louise on her part symbolically vomits on the roadside and brings out the heroine in her afterwards (Kotsopoulos, 5). The male acts are seen as emotionally unstable and timid when women come into the picture. For instance, Thelma turns down a marriage proposal