A Movie Ranking: Adam Driver

Before The Force Awakens next to little about Adam Driver. In the months leading to the seventh Star Wars film, I discovered that he starred on the hit HBO series, Girls, but I hadn’t watched the show so I didn’t know what to expect. After The Force Awakens, there was no doubt he had instantly become one of my favorite actors of all time. The depth he brought to a character that could’ve ultimately been super annoying was astonishing and the acting chops needed to bring this scene to life, ⬇⬇⬇

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was nothing short of spectacular.

Since then, I have seen him in seven films and in each movie he manages to stand out as the great actor that he is. So, with no further delay, here’s my movie ranking. Enjoy!

7. Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (2012)

Garnering Daniel Day-Lewis his third and final Oscar win, Lincoln isn’t a bad film, not by a long shot, but it is SUPER BORING. Adam Driver plays a minuscule role in the movie as a telegrapher and it’s kind of shocking knowing that he would go from having such a tiny role to one day becoming one of the most beloved characters in one of the greatest franchises of all time, Star Wars. Wow.

6. Logan Lucky

Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, and Adam Driver in Logan Lucky (2017)

I recently watched this and I wasn’t blown away…but I did end up watching the entire film. Watching the likes of Daniel Craig and Adam Driver trying to convince us they were American hillbillies with country accents was absolutely hilarious and part of the film’s appeal. Adam Driver is a great actor yet he couldn’t convince me in this role. However, the movie’s interesting concept of a country-style Ocean’s Eleven was intriguing and led me and my family to watch the entire film even when it took a little too long to get anywhere good storywise.

5. Silence

Liam Neeson in Silence (2016)

I actually didn’t finish this film but even then it’s first thirty minutes (because that’s as far as I got because it was starting to make me sleepy) was better than these two movies combined. Maybe one day I’ll try to finish it.

4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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I love the Sequel Trilogy but this film has too many flaws. Even Adam Driver, who is a PHENOMENAL actor, is bogged down by a clunky and corny script. But hey, if anything, the last minutes of his story showcased how incredible of an actor he really is because he had ZERO lines and still managed to tell a story through simply his facial expressions. Boy, this man can act. 😍

3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Adam Driver is at his acting best in The Last Jedi, delivering a scintillating performance that transformed him, in my eyes, from my least favorite character for killing Han Solo to becoming my favorite character due to his complexity. The layers were peeled away, the internal conflict was at full display, the humanity about him was showcased at full effect, and I was lost in the torment that is Kylo Ren. It was beautiful, beautiful storytelling on Rian Johnson’s part and it’s a shame he couldn’t have helped write The Rise of Skywalker, at least pertaining to Ben Solo’s side of the story.

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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For me, this was Adam Driver’s debut and boy did he deliver. Not only did he bring to life one of the greatest cinematic villains of all time but he showed that there was a conflicted man behind the mask. A man that could go on to grasp the hearts of millions of Star Wars fans. Great job, Adam Driver. You are amazing!

1. BlackKklansman

John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Yep, yep, yep. This is my FAVORITE Adam Driver film. Spike Lee, understandably, is one of my favorite writer/directors in the world. When I learned that Adam Driver was going to be in the latest Spike Lee film focusing on an African-American man exploiting the KKK I was worried. Adam Driver was already great at playing a villain. I didn’t want to see Driver as a member of the racist organization.

Thankfully, he was on the side of the good guys and he was purr-fect in this film. Starring alongside John David Washington, Adam Driver disappears as Kylo Ren and melds into the role of Flip Zimmerman incredibly, giving the movie the greatness it deserved. It’s undoubtedly my favorite role of his (so far) and definitely my favorite film that he has starred in.

I will eventually have to watch Marriage Story (I’ve seen snippets, including that incredibly-acted scream-match between him and ScarJo and that part with him singing, yeah, he sung in that movie and it was hilarious!) and I can’t wait to eventually watch him in next year’s The Last Duel.

Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and of course, Adam Driver, the film is already being considered an Oscar-contender for 2021’s Oscars and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

Until then, I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

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