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Driving Miss Daisy – 1989 Beresford
- The strength of the film is the two leads: Tandy (who won best actress Oscar) and Morgan Freeman. Dan Aykroyd |is also admirable in support and deserving of his nomination.
- Does a very admirable job showing the passage of some 25+ years both with the narrative structure and character makeup and performances
- The film is sharply written but also has a warm and cuteness to it. One of the most charming and indelible parts of the film (and tandy’s great performance) is it’s unwillingness to fully flinch, get sentimental and change her character
- It probably isn’t on his mount rushmore of performances anymore but it’s a strong early morgan freeman performance with skillful voice inflection work and a charismatic and trademark laugh
- A strong early Hans Zimmer score typical of his work in that era (of most note is probably rain man)
- Beresford is not a consequential director
- It’s unfairly decried as an overrated film because it won best picture—and did so in 1989 when another film that tackled race relations (do the right thing) wasn’t even nominated for best picture. Driving miss daisy’s artistic merit shouldn’t be vilified or underrated for this. It isn’t the best picture of the year by any stretch (it’s not in my top 10 of 1989) but it’s not a joke or weak film either. It doesn’t stack up with the monument artistic achievement that spike lee’s film is- but then again it doesn’t stack up with crimes and misdemeanors, the cook the thief his wife and her lover, the decalouge, mystery train or many others either.