Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Driving Miss Daisy, 1989
How I love this movie. I saw it when I was younger and forgot about it until watching it recently for this class. This is a story to watch on a rainy Sunday. It will make you laugh. It will make you angry at people’s ignorance. It will give you that knot at the back of your throat one gets when he is about to cry. Driving Miss Daisy is a story of an unlikely friendship. The acting is incredible—Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy star. The movie takes place in the South from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. The cinematography is great and it the film depicts the beloved decades very well, aesthetically and by shedding light on the political situation. This must have been intentional as the two main characters, Daisy and Hoke, are Jewish and Black. Daisy is a wealthy woman, thanks to her son. She gets into a car crash that the insurance company will not pay for. In consequence, her son insists that she get a driver, Hoke. Daisy is outraged at this and is very harsh with Hoke, resisting his friendliness. He is forever patient, and the film continues to document Daisy’s softening and acceptance of her age and her need for Hoke. What evolves is a fantastic bond between the two over about twenty years. Together they experience best friendship, loss, racism and the reality of getting older. If you haven’t seen this movie, you have to. No boys, it’s not an action movie, and there aren’t hot girls in it, but it is a great look at the 1960’s and you will fall in love with the characters. P.S. it won a bunch of Academy Awards.
If this class has made you sick of watching movies, read the play(it was an Off-Brodway before made into a movie): http://www.amazon.com/Driving-Daisy-Special-Morgan-Freeman/dp/B000087F7D