Movie Review: Driving Miss Daisy (1989)


We all love Morgan Freeman. He is not only a great actor, he is also the man with the golden voice! He has played in some really great movies. The “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Shawshank Redemption” and many more. But these are more modern examples. So¬†how was he back in the day? Today we are taking a look at one of the earlier but still well known Morgan Freeman movies.

Daisies and Donalds (Bonus point if you get the reference)…”Driving Miss Daisy”!

This movie follows Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) who after trying to drive to the store one day crashes the car and ends up sitting in her house doing nothing almost every day. But after a while, her son Boolie (Dan Aykroyd) convinces her to finally get a new driver. Sure, she is hesitant and not happy about the situation, but she agrees. She hires a man whom her son recommended. This man is the African-American man Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman). Like I said, at first she is hesitant, but over the years these strats bonding. And that is the basic premise. Doesn’t sound all too interesting? Don’t worry, the execution makes it all so much more entertaining. They get put in some interesting situations (and by interesting I don’t mean like “Collateral” form of interesting). What carries the movie for the most part is what I am gonna mention in the next segment. Oh wait, I can mention one more thing here, a lot of things that have with the story are kinda fun to watch, trust me. Also, this takes place through a lot of years and that is pretty damn cool!

Now…here is what carries the movie. The characters are what carries this movie. They are not only well written, but also incredibly well acted. Especially on the sides of Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman (And that is improtant since they are what the movie is mainly about). Their chemistry is really great and gives us one of the most entertaining team-ups (Couldn’t find a better word…sorry) in movie history. Their dialogues were great. I was also happily surprised the really good performance we get from Dan Aykroyd in this movie (Take note that I have only seen him in “Blues Brothers and Ghost Busters and that doesn’t say much about him). He is really good.

The music by Hans Zimmer…I fucking love it. It is not only serious and beautiful at times, but it can also be delightfully light hearted at times and just make me happy. I have nothing else on this part.

Ony my so called “extras” bit here I really have no words to use. Sorry.

The reception for “Driving Miss Daisy” was overall good. Critics and people seemed to like this movie. Rotten Tomatoes currently has the score of 81% positive reviews. Metacritic has 81/100 on it. Roger Ebert gave this movie a 4/4 star rating and said this lovely thing:

“Driving Miss Daisy is a film of great love and patience, telling a story that takes 25 years to unfold, exploring its characters as few films take the time to do.”

On this movie has a 7,4/10 rating. This movie won 4 Oscars. Best Picture, Best Leading Actress, Best screenplay from already existing medium and best makeup. It was also nominated on five more things. But I’m only gonna mention two of them. Best Leading Actor (Morgan Freeman) and Best supporting Actor (Dan Aykroyd).

I liked the story execution, characters/acting, the fantasticly nice music by Hans Zimmer and for the msot part everything. If anything I have nothing negative to say and that might be a negative thing in itself. Still, this movie gets a 9,11/10. However it does not get the “Seal of Approval”. Just trust me. It is however worth a buy if you like most types of movies like me. But if you’re looking for something extremely exciting…you will not like this movie. But still, it is a great movie that I recommend.

“Driving Miss Daisy” is now reviewed.

I wish I would get to hear Morgan Freeman read this in his voice.