1989 ● Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy, 1989 Best PictureDriving Miss Daisy was next up in our Best Picture project, the finale of the up-and-down decade of the 1980s. Many aspects of Driving Miss Daisy appealed to me: its length (98 minutes), its light-hearted synopsis, and big name cast (Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd).

I quickly found out Driving Miss Daisy also had this going for it: it seemed to me it was more of a character development movie than a movie with a complicated story. These movies are my favorites! The premise was so very simple. Old white Jewish lady can’t drive anymore, her son hires an old black man to drive her around (and tend to some of her other needs), old woman doesn’t like old man, eventually they bond. The rest was mostly watching Daisy bicker at Hoke, and after many many years she began to warm up to him.

The movie appeared as if it was going to take place all within a short period of time, but they began jumping around from year to year, slowly aging the characters. That was one of the very few flaws in my opinion, that it was difficult to know how much time had been passing.

I don’t know what else I can say about Driving Miss Daisy. Morgan Freeman was outstanding in the role of Hoke. He was such a jovial old southerner, impossible to dislike. Driving Miss Daisy was up against one of my favorite movies, Field of Dreams which I may have voted for, but Kevin Costner would get his share of awards in 1991.

My lack of length in this review might have you wondering how it ends up ranking where it does, but that is also part of the reason why I liked it so much. I like movies that I don’t have to sit there trying to wrap my brain around and read along on Wikipedia trying to figure out who’s who and what’s happening. Driving Miss Daisy just let me sit back and enjoy. I put it at #10 on the list, right ahead of a very similar type of movie, Marty. As you can see on my Rankings page, this was my favorite of the 80s decade, just ahead of Rain Man. Following that were Gandhi, Amadeus and Terms of Endearment. The worst of the decade, to me, was Chariots of Fire.

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2 Comments

  1. […] • We’ve also watched the next few movies on our Best Picture project, 1988-1991: Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Dances With Wolves, and The Silence of the Lambs (soon to be reviewed). There have been two […]

  2. you can say that morgan freeman is one of the most versatile actors that we have today_


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