Driving Lessons

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From time to time I may also post comments/reviews/opinions of films that I have been watching.

I’m going to start with Driving Lessons, a 2006 comedy drama starring Rupert Grint and Julie Walters. Grint plays a repressed teenager dealing with his insecurities, over-bearing and adulterous mother and distant father. Walters is the ageing actor dealing with fading fame as she enters her final act. Through their relationship they teach each other to love life once more and move into the new phases of their lives with dignity and new-found positivity. So far, so predictable.

It’s not an instant classic, or one that you may watch repeatedly but it is a nice film. Of course, anything with Julie Walters in it is worth watching at least once and, although Grint is essentially playing Ron Weasley, he does it very well.

It’s a nice film.

But what this film does so well is the characters. Walters and Grint play their parts really well. They are believable but, most importantly, they inspire empathy with the audience on more than one level. We have all been young (some of you still are damn you) and we are all facing the prospect of getting old – we can see ourselves in both characters, our past and our future. This is why I got so involved with the film, the empathy and connection I had with the characters and their situations – I have been Rupert and, one day, I will be Julie (metaphorically speaking of course). I can put myself in both their shoes.

So, no, the film isn’t groundbreaking and is often predictable but the performances are great and characters engaging and that is what makes the film so enjoyable.

And good timing as this relates to my first Pixar Story Rules post due tomorrow.

Have you seen the film?

Did you find yourself empathising with the characters in the same way?

Feel free to share your comments/thoughts about the film below.

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Posted on March 10, 2015, in Character, Films, Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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