I personally think that the British are the best filmmakers in the world and if that is me being blinded by ignorant patriotism then so be it, but if you really think about it I bet you are inclined to agree. Driving Lessons showcases all that is great with British comedy drama, it's modest, clever and most of all it is heart warming and sweet.
I think a very strong asset in the production of this film is the casting. To make my point I ask you to close your eyes for a second, now think of a socially awkward young British male actor... its Rupert Grint isn't it? Or it is at least someone resembling his basic appearance and mannerisms. The same goes for Julie Walters I honestly can't think of a better lady to play such an eccentric character, she is simply marvellous.
One thing that did strike me about Driving Lessons is that it isn't really about learning to drive but more about learning lessons while driving. The lessons aren't really being taught either they are just being learnt. Grint's character has a nice family and has no real problems at all, but I think he has led an extremely sheltered life and he is excessively mothered by, no surprises here, his over bearing mother. The lessons are learnt are by living with his mother then in contrast working for Walters character, she is so eccentric and such a free spirit, she really could not care what anybody thinks of her. This takes Grint on a journey of self discovery and gives him a little taste of how sweet making his own way in life can be.
The chemistry of Grint and Walters is just amazing, probably helped from all the time spent on the sets of the Harry Potter Franchise, but I wouldn't want to put all the credit with their previous interaction, both are just simply outstanding actors.
Driving Lessons is purely a tale of two people that grow to simply not to be able to do without one another. It is heart warming, uncomplicated and humble to describe it in just a few words I would say this film is friendship defined. Defiantly of interest to any Harry Potter fans to see what Rupert does when he is not being Ron and a must see for any fans of Julie Walters, she is really at her best in this film.
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