Thelma

Move over Tom Cruise, June Squibb is 2024's action star. With a magic mix of warmth and thrills, Thelma is a must-see.
86/10011920
Starring
June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree
Director
Josh Margolin
Rating
PG-13
Genre
Action, Comedy
Release date
June 21, 2024
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Just when I was starting to think that movies could no longer move me, Thelma swooped in and captured my heart.

The must see film of the year, Thelma is a charming laugh out loud comedy that offers a poignant commentary on aging and the importance of feeling useful as well as thrills and spills. Its relatable story and magnificently understated performances will tug at your heartstrings at the same time that it's wowing you with stunts and explosions. Brilliant!
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For nearly 40 years, Cocoon has been the gold standard for action comedy dramas starring the elderly. Thelma has charged its cherry-red Hoveround and run away with the torch.

Thelma

When 93-year-old Thelma discovers that she’s been the victim of a phone phishing scam, she decides to take the law into her own wrinkled hands.

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Thelma Review

Thelma’s first-time writer/director, Josh Margolin, weaves a tale grounded in the delicious and often ridiculous reality of the human condition. Superficially a parody of the modern action flick, with panache, heart, and humor, Margolin and company deconstruct the genre’s tropes to spin a tale that, at its core, is about the importance of feeling self-sufficient and how the slow deterioration of age can rob us of this. More importantly, Thelma is about embracing the reality of you and adapting to overcome our frailties rather than wallowing in them.

June Squibb, who also voiced Nostalgia in this year’s Inside Out 2, is superb as the titular Thelma. Her first leading role in a career spanning decades, her deceptively deep performance perfectly embodies the very ontology of “grandma.” She is sweet and loving, confused but not senile, feisty but not cartoonish. Her character is the perfect blend of excellent, sincere storytelling and an actress who is the embodiment of the character she is playing.

The story is straightforward and artfully simple, but Margolin’s direction and Squibb’s sweet demeanor and wonderful performance make it impossible not to fall in love with Thelma immediately. Subsequently, her vigilante quest for justice quickly feels as though it is your own. As the audience quickly latches onto Thelma, the electric current between the material, direction, and performance grounds viewers in such a way that they experience the same heart-stopping sensations as Thelma navigates seemingly mundane obstacles, as they would watching James Bond maneuver through a deadly laser maze, with the added benefit of being able to laugh at yourself for your investment in such absurdity.

Unlike in last year’s 80 for Brady, in which a group of elderly women shared one last adventure that relied heavily on convenience and unrealistic happenstance, Thelma is almost completely believable and all the better for it.

With a simple story made gripping thanks to a great mix of characters, perfect pacing, and great performances, Thelma is a delightful way to spend an hour and a half at the theater. It is absolutely Worth it.

 

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James Carrick

James Carrick is a passionate film enthusiast with a degree in theater and philosophy. James approaches dramatic criticism from a philosophic foundation grounded in aesthetics and ethics, offering insight and analysis that reveals layers of cinematic narrative with a touch of irreverence and a dash of snark.

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  • Ktuff_morning

    July 11, 2024 at 8:33 am

    I’ll check that out on your recommend. Better not be any woke or I’ll send a strongly-worded letter to the times.

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