Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco
Director: Peter Farrelly
Runtime: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Biography | Comedy | Drama | Music | 2018
When it comes to Oscar nominated movies, it's pretty evident what the critics like to see. Movies that are based on true events, particularly those with hardships from the past i.e. segregation, racism, homosexuality, rags or riches. And so far, almost all the movies I've watched have had at least one of those ideas in the context of the plot. Green Book is about an Italian man, Tony (played by Viggo Mortensen), who is hired to drive Dr. Shirley (Mahershala Ali) around the deep south for his concert tour. Along the way, the differences between the North and South during times of segregation become more and more prominent in this film, and the unlikely friendship grows on screen between the two main characters.
The last time I saw Viggo in a movie was for two (I think) Oscars ago in Captain Fantastic, man does he look different and play a completely different character in this movie. Same goes for Mahershala, complete opposite character from his win two years ago with Moonlight. I love that actors can do that, do a 180 in their character roles (although some of them can't).
I really enjoyed this film. First, I learn of this thing called a Green Book, which was created so that African Americans can have an easy road trip during the times when coloreds had different hotels/bathrooms/restaurants. Second, the personalities that each character brought to the screen was perfect for the story that unfolded. Each of them slowly understanding the other regardless of their complete differences. The comedy aspect was spot on, I found myself laughing at several points in the show, especially at Tony (who reminds you of Joey from Friends).
The ups and downs in the film really tied to the feel for the movie. Displaying the treatments of certain people and how it affects Tony and Don a little bit more each day. I enjoyed the film right up until the end, where it ended spectacularly. The music was wonderful to listen to and the scene in that very last bar had me smiling and glad the two were able to overcome adversity and just be friends wherever they chose to be.
I'm going to give this movie a "loved it." It's funny, smart, and inspiring. Definitely a must see (5/5).
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