Last week we put it to our readers and Twitter followers to vote for their favourite Adam Driver performance as we eagerly anticipate the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in just a few days time!
We put it to our team to choose their favourite performances of Driver’s and write a little something – and you can find their favourites below!
Paterson saw Driver break away from his spate of tormented and morally questionable characters, as seen in the likes of Girls and Star Wars, to play a gentle, unassuming bus driver and poet. Although Paterson is quiet and reserved, the words of his poems speak volumes. He finds beauty in ordinary things that most people take for granted, be it a box of matches or the weather. He keeps his poems mostly to himself and his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), but we get to hear a few in a voiceover. Driver reads them softly and thoughtfully, treating each word with care and respect. The tenderness of his voice is equally reflected throughout the film in his unhurried movements and relaxed expressions. He fully embodies a man who would never hurt a soul, who appreciates the little things and the routines of daily life, which makes watching Paterson feel like a really warm hug. – Holly Weaver
For BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s incendiary glance at a victory in vain, Driver earned his first Academy Award nomination. John David Washington’s Ron Stallworth is the hero of the tale, the galas afro with the brass balls to take on ‘the organisation’. Yet, for the audience, Driver’s Flip Zimmerman is handed the disquieting task of joining them. ‘For you it’s a crusade. For me it’s a job,’ he initially tells Ron. However, as his cover deepens, countless racist and anti-Semitic adages splurt out his mouth like a gregarious pre-requisite. It raises a curious conflict about one’s relationship with bigotry, and in the actor’s unfading conviction, he’s our perfect imposter into a world of hate. – Cameron Frew
Star Wars: Episodes VII, VIII and IX
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
What If (2013)
What If is an excellent rom-com starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as friends who try to remain friends … but the inevitable happens. It’s set in Toronto and has an unusually artistic feel because Kazan plays an artist and animator and her drawings come to life in the film. Teeny Tiny Radcliffe’s best friend is played by insanely lorge tall boy Adam Driver which makes for many pleasing scenes where you can see their size disparity. It’s also nice to get Harry Potter and Kylo-Ren together for a playdate. Driver hooks up with Mackenzie Davis and they’re one of the hottest, chemistry-filled onscreen couples ever. Whether they’re fighting, screwing or obnoxiously playing pranks on Radcliffe and Kazan at the beach, you will find yourself rooting for those two crazy kids. What If features one of the best Driver line-deliveries in a career full of them. As we all know, Driver saying “ghouls” in The Dead Don’t Die or “cauliflower” in Logan Lucky is already the stuff of legend. One morning, as Radcliffe is attempting to bemoan his unrequited love situation to Driver, Driver replies with “I’ve just had sex! And now I’m going to eat nachos! It’s the greatest moment of my life!….unless you screw it up with whatever you’re about to say.” It’s a fudging great film you should watch it. – Fiona Underhill