Director: Peter Farrelly
Writer/s: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Dimiter D. Marinov, Mike Hatton
I am revisiting this film during these trying times as I have been in conversation with others about this film recently. While I read over my initial reception and analysis of the film, “Green Book”, I see that I approached it with the focus on performance and chemistry. While the production of the film did well and good at creating this story, I have learned the film is far from the truth while pretending to be so. The family of Dr. Shirley was not involved in the production whatsoever. Even Tony was not entirely on board until his passing and rights were gained afterward (I believe this was the case.)
So as I said, I do stand by my analysis of elements of the film were fun and entertaining. However, with my eyes open to the truth, I can not back this film as much as I did prior.
I first caught this trailer as I do many others, across my social medias. Before I even watched the trailer, I saw a certain actor attached that instantly made me interested, Mahershala Ali. I adore this man. He is a pure talent and I thoroughly enjoy watching him act. After watching the trailer for “Green Book”, it only solidified my interest ten-fold. From here on, I only hope to create an Oberrating singing about this film.
“A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.”
As I said before, the trailer sold me, the actor list sold me. Now, the film has completely sold me. Color me impressed as I already expected to enjoy this film only to find myself even more enamored with each passing scene and overall, the final product. The pacing of this film puts together one smooth and cohesive piece. Nearly everything felt proper and necessary, which is unusually hard to come by with many films.
The blend of comedy and drama intertwined well with “Green Book”. It had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions, which is much to the efforts of Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, but I will get to them more in depth shortly. One key to my film heart is to make me laugh, and I did not expect to do so as much as I did with “Green Book”. Aside from the unexpected strong comedy came a deep and passionate dramatic story, which is again executed to perfection thanks to the lead duo. Okay, I keep hinting to the duo so I might as well deliver it now. Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen are one hell force when put together. The smooth, suave, and sophisticated performance by Mahershala Ali as Dr. Don Shirley is complimented perfectly with the aggressive, comedic, straight-shooter Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip. Both of these characters start out exactly as they present themselves and as I describe. As the film progresses, the duo becomes more raw and presents the true versions of themselves. Which is still them as described but with just a little more fleshed out characteristics and human flaws.
While my Oberrating may be short, these core elements are what drives this film right up my scale. Absolute standout performances by Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen make “Green Book” as wonderful as it is. The highs and lows of this film’s plot are stamped with exclamation points as the two give yet another convincing and strong acting showcase. Aside from these two, the film feels so effortless and easy to watch. It is entertaining, it is dramatic, it is heart-warming and an ideal way to live by ways of how Tony Lip and Dr. Don Shirley see each other as good humans and nothing else.
- An underrated piece of film in regards to the classic music showcased within the film.
- Pure joy to watch from start to finish. I never would of guessed I would have as much fun as I did with “Green Book”.
I barely have negatives on the film but very minor plot points keep it from a ten out of ten. Plot point of which I would not like to spoil for possible watchers.
- Mahershala Ali is my spirit animal.
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