Green Book

Green Book

(2018)

Inspired by a true friendship.

Road comedy-drama with Viggo Mortensen as an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx hired to drive a world-class concert pianist (Moonlight's Oscar-winning Mahershala Ali) on a tour across the 1960s American South.... More

Confronted with racism and danger along the way, they must set aside their differences while relying on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Directed by Peter Farrelly (There's Something About Mary).Hide

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For all the hype and fanfare that surrounded McKay's Vice, Green Book slides into the awards race modestly as the most entertaining race film of the last 5 years. More humourous than Spike Lee's latest, with solid performances from a robust Mortensen and a layered Ali, Green Book delivers laughs, action, music and a wallop of deep south scenery that sends it into the realm of greatness. Mortensen's dedication to the role of brutish Tony Lipp outshines the prosthetic work and grumbling Bale... More churned out as Dick Cheney, while Ali's charm and charisma as a talented musician, who's forced to re-evaluate his stoicism, further amplifies the anticipation surrounding his turn in True Detective. Finally an award-winning film that actually entertains instead of purposing itself as high art.Hide


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This is a lovely film and although it doesn't delve too far deep into the key issues it has a supremely uplifting feeling about it. The characterisation (and portrayal) of Tony Vallelonga is ace. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are great as is Linda Cardellini who flies under the radar. No pass on the Bechdel test because the focal point is two men. Sure to be a classic Christmas movie (for TV rotation).


The Press Reviews

  • Distinctive and amusing turns by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali make Peter Farrelly's first solo feature outing a lively and likable diversion. Full Review

  • There's clearly a more nuanced drama to be made from this story but given the scale, there's still a lot here to praise. Full Review

  • Mortensen's role may be the showier of the two, but Ali is a marvel to watch in his musical performances. Full Review

  • "Green Book" is a savvy and super effective piece of popular entertainment. Full Review

  • Thanks to the dream team of Mortensen and Ali, both giving Oscar calibre performances, audiences will be rightly cheering this hilarious and heartfelt true story of a black musician and his racist driver on a 1960's tour of the Deep South. Full Review

  • There's not much here you haven't seen before, and very little that can't be described as crude, obvious and borderline offensive, even as it tries to be uplifting and affirmative. Full Review

  • The acting is better than the dialogue, which is better than the plotting. And I have to confess that in the current, insanely divisive political climate, I enjoyed Green Book's spoon-feeding mightily. Full Review

  • Producer and co-writer Nick Vallelonga – Tony's son – must be justifiably proud of getting his how-Dad-learned-to-stop-being-racist fable to the screen. But the greater evil of institutional and generational racism goes mostly ignored and unexamined. Full Review

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