Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
PG | 13 December 1989 (USA)
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The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her black chauffeur, Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those types of relationships where shunned.

Kien Navarro

Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.

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Great story, amazing characters, superb action, enthralling cinematography. Yes, this is something I am glad I spent money on.

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By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.

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Billy Ollie

Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable

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Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy together with Dan Aykroyd stars in this 1990 classic entitled "Driving Miss Daisy".This film directed by Bruce Beresford tells a story of great and lasting friendship between two different people throughout the years.Daisy is an elderly Jewish Widow in her 70's.She intends to remain independent despite the fact that she is already old.Then her car crashes.This made her son Boolie to arrange for a man who will work as a chauffeur for her.The person Boolie got was Hoke,an African- American driver.But this was in the 1950's and racism was an integral part of the American society.They initially did not go along due to their differences.Both have different gender,age, ethnicity and social status.But in the end,both Daisy and Hoke became the best of friends.No question that Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy did extremely well as Hoke and Daisy respectively.They made their characters very interesting that the viewer will definitely feel for them and their friendship.Added to that,the theme of friendship was shown that it has no boundaries. Even the people who seem could not go along together have become the best of friends.That only regret of watching this is the fact that I have seen it 27 years as I have seen many films that have similar stories after this have become a classic.

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Rob Starzec

A nomination (and a lot of the time the win) for the Oscar for best picture is often bestowed on a film which touches on the subject of prejudice and overcoming it somehow, or at least the hope for surpassing prejudice. The Academy has given the award to films that touch on racial prejudice, such as this film and the disappointing web-life film Crash (which won against a much more brilliant film, Brokeback Mountain, which touches on prejudice of sexual orientation) most likely because it is a "safe pick." This film is one of those "safe picks" which does not do much visually, but manages to depict the great heartwarming story of the play on which it is based.Driving Miss Daisy may not be the most exciting film, but it has a story that is easy to follow as well as a very short duration regarding the typical feature film, keeping anybody engaged as long as the audience cares about characters and their growth within stories. Daisy is depicted as a prejudiced person in denial early in the film, and it is actually quite humorous how she interacts with Hoke (Morgan Freeman) before he becomes her driver. She is a selfish elderly woman who doesn't realize what she is saying at times, and stubborn as a mule, not taking Hoke's help (paid for by her son, played by Dan Aykroyd) until 6 days pass.As Hoke and Daisy spend time with each other they come to learn from each other with great benefit. When it is revealed that Hoke can't read, instead of being uptight with him about it Daisy explains it in a clever way only a previous school teacher like her can do it. Just a few minutes later, a lot of time has passed and it is revealed she is now giving him a book to help him write, so Hoke is overcoming some pretty important struggles with Daisy's help.Hoke warms up to Daisy through the second act of the film, but it takes Aykroyd's character suggesting she let Hoke come to a meeting about Martin Luther King Jr. to get her to understand Hoke's feelings. Daisy gets into a mini-quarrel with Hoke about this, and you can see it in her eyes she regrets that she didn't invite him to such an important event in the eyes of an African American like Hoke. Towards the finale of the film, it is heartbreaking to hear Daisy admit that Hoke is her best friend while she is suffering from what appears to be dementia, and though Hoke says she is only saying that, she assures him it is true.Time goes by quickly in this movie, and in order to keep up with the time you have to pay attention to the years of the various cars, the graying of Dan Aykroyd's hair, or the change in abilities of Hoke and/or Daisy. This is much more interesting than the annoying titles often used in films to remind people that time has passed - this way it does not make the audience feel like a group of idiots. The only thing I found visually interesting about the film is a scene between Daisy and her son in which mirrors are employed to show what is happening in the room for a lengthy take, and the rest of the cinematography in the movie makes it feel simple, with more focus on the characters than the technique as in a play.Still a great story with two great leads.

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An old Jewish woman (Jessica Tandy) and her African-American chauffeur (Morgan Freeman) in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.This movie is pretty well known and does not really require a full review. But, suffice to say, it has earned the praise given to it. Some may paint it as a picture of race relations, or even religious relations (there are Jews celebrating Christmas and a synagogue bombing). But it is really a tale of friendship and the race or religion aspects are very minor.Most interesting is the casting of Dan Aykroyd. He could easily have been dismissed as a bad idea, his very presence making this more of a comedy than it was intended to be. But by no means is this the case. In fact, compared to Miss Daisy, his character could even be considered the one "playing it straight".

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DRIVING MISS DAISY is the simple (really, simplistic) story of the growing friendship between an elderly Jewish woman (Jessica Tandy) and her black chauffeur (Morgan Freeman) over the course of 25 years. While the the aspect of examining an unlikely friendship over a significant period of time is interesting and tender at times, it also reeks of Oscar bait. Still, the performances were excellent. Jessica Tandy does a great job portraying a self-described "liberal" who isn't "prejudiced," and Morgan Freeman does the best he can with his seriously patronizing chauffeur character. I'd say that the major problems with the film lie with its source material than with anything else. While the film can get away with a certain amount due to it being a period piece (covering 1948-1973), it glosses over the racial material a little too much and invoking Martin Luther King Jr seemed like pandering. That being said, the film's primary concern is the development of the central friendship, and it does well in that respect. It is rather sweet to see the relationship develop and progress from thinly veiled contempt to genuine caring (on Miss Daisy's part). Other elements of the film are also worth mentioning, such as the score by Hans Zimmer. As someone more familiar with his work on Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, this was quite interesting and unlike anything else I've heard from him. Some of the synth work was a little too "80's" but was still pleasant to listen to. The cinematography and makeup were also well done, and might have had more to do with why this did so well at the Academy Awards then with the actual subject matter (not to discount Jessica Tandy's performance, though). Overall, DRIVING MISS DAISY is a perfectly decent, if unspectacular film about a friendship. It's just a shame that it didn't do more to buck certain cinematic stereotypes.

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