Earlier in the week I watched a movie that I've been meaning to get to for years now, and it was glorious.
It's been a good long while since I've watched a movie and had that feeling. You know what feeling I'm talking about. The kind of feeling that starts at your finger tips and spreads to every inch of you, until you're entirely consumed.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) was, without a doubt, an instant favourite. Practically everything about it was a joy to observe. The story. The cast. The setting. The dialogue. All of it, wonderful.
For anyone unfamiliar with Driving Miss Daisy it follows the sometimes bizarre but always endearing friendship between the title character of Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy), a stubborn older southern lady and Hoke (Morgan Freeman), her driver.
The movie spans a 25 year period from the 1950s through the 1970s and does so believably and beautifully.
I went into this movie expecting great things but was astounded as to the heights it was able to reach. There are some tough themes tackled in this movie. Ideas of racism, antisemitism, servitude, illiteracy and senility come into play and even though they aren't necessarily dealt with in depth, the impact is still surprisingly strong.
The thing that surprised me most about this film; however, is how funny it is. I knew it was a relatively light movie and was expecting some humour, but, to me, this movie was laugh out loud funny. Literally. I found myself in near hysterics in some scenes. The dynamic between the two lead actors was near perfect and the character of Miss Daisy practically defines sass. Her sharp wit and stubborn demeanor lead to some truly wonderful moments.
Up until now, I haven't mentioned much of Morgan Freeman's performance and honestly I've been avoiding it. I don't even know where to begin.
I adore Morgan Freeman and knew that he was critically acclaimed for this role and it's not hard to see why.
Hoke Colburn is one of the single sweetest characters I've ever had the pleasure to spend time with. He's honest, kind, clever behind his limited education, loyal and thoughtful.
The friendship he offers Miss Daisy turns out to be more true and enduring than anything either of them could have predicted and I can definitely say one of the best I've ever seen portrayed on screen.
There are many things to love about Driving Miss Daisy, I've only mentioned a few here. If you have yet to watch it for yourself, I highly recommend giving it a go. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed any film so much.