[Last Time I Saw] Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Driving Miss Daisy poster

Title: Driving Miss Daisy
Year: 1989
Country: USA
Language: English, Hebrew
Genre: Drama
Director: Bruce Beresford
Writers: Alfred Uhry
Cast:
Jessica Tandy
Morgan Freeman
Dan Aykroyd
Patti LuPone
Esther Rolle
Rating: 8.1/10

According to present perspective, this film is way too plain, the whole story centers on Miss Daisy and his chauffeur Mr. Hoke’s daily lives, which truly emulates from real life trivialise  it’s hard to believe the fact that it is the Best Film winner of Oscar awards in 1990 (a rare case as winning BEST FILM without a BEST DIRECTOR nomination, in fact it was only the third case in the history). Yet as soon as I could make myself composed, I did enjoy every minute of the film.

Jessica Tandy (an unusual late bloomer) won BEST ACTRESS in the Oscar race and set the record to become the oldest actor to win among all four acting categories, which is still unbreakable to date. Her performance is combined with subtlety and accuracy, and plunged herself to incarnate her role, a vivid recreation yet not over-the-top.

As for Morgan Freeman, I guess it’s rather difficult to see him in his younger time, given that the film was made 22 years before, he carried the same contour in The SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (2004), SE7EN (1995) and even MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004), the only distinction was the more rapid and fluent speed of speech. I think this has been his best performance so far (I haven’t seen INVICTUS (2009) and STREET SMART (1987) yet). The duel tension between two protagonists contrives a wonderful nuance towards the spectators.

I feel a bit puzzled towards Dan Aykroyd’s nomination (BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR), for me his performance is just okay, compared with Jessica and Morgan, his ornamental screentime never own any moment memorable.

The film is a pleasant prose, shines with the charm of true friendship beyond races, the final scene renders the warmest moment of mutual understanding and love between two fine human beings.

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2 thoughts on “[Last Time I Saw] Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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