I literally cried at Morgan Freeman’s performance on “Driving Miss Daisy,” but the legendary actor was born in the 1930s and raised in Mississippi, so he knows a little something about how a Some black men may or may not behave in front of their white owners in the Jim Crow South. Like Alfred Uhry said, “You can’t write the present into the past.”
I believe Hoke’s character problems stem from Uhry explained to Broadway.com“Driving Miss Daisy” is based on the writer’s childhood memories of his grandmother and her chauffeur, Will Coleman. I’m sure there are more complicated ways to Mr. Coleman than what Uhry recalls from his childhood. For example, Beresford said that Hoke could leave at any time, but it is unclear why he remained loyal to Miss Daisy. Is it because she taught him how to read? I hope not because of it that falls into the “white savior” cliché. Furthermore, we never see Miss Daisy and Hoke develop a relationship that is not bound by Hoke’s servitude. Even the last scene where Hoke continues to befriend Miss Daisy in the retirement home ends with him feeding her. Perhaps their relationship would have a stronger resonance if Hoke’s social status improved over time, but he and Daisy remained friends.
The controversy has led me, the judges at the Academy, and Morgan Freeman all to question our preference for “Driving Miss Daisy,” but like Freeman, I state that I still consider the film a in his favorite Morgan Freeman movies despite its problems. Also, I refuse to compare it to “Do the Right Thing.” These are two different films set in two different time periods that take two unique approaches to expressing the same universal desire: racial harmony.
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