Oscar, Golden Globe Best film, Best screenplay
Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA Best supporting actor:
Nominated Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA Best actor:
A great study in human evolution. How you can watch and learn. Preconceived notions can change. That doesn’t mean that everything is hunky-dory at the end and we all have a great group hug. Some people don’t want to watch, some people don’t want to learn. Impressive work by the two leads. A much earned award nomination for Viggo. Was a tough race.
The great success of Green Book lies in its modesty, and the straightforward way it recognizes seismic change in the incremental turning of a human heart.
It’s one thing to depict racial inequality by presenting facts, but it’s truly a moving experience when it’s told in such a personal level and see how hearts are being transformed by personal relationships.
When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humour, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
This is the solo film from Peter Farrelly – known for incredibly rude and crude comedies eg. Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary he directed with his brother Bobby. He is now a grown up succeeding in making subtle films, with a message. This is the side B to the Driving Miss Daisy record, based on the real-life friendship between Tony Lip, a blue-collar Italian American, and Dr Don Shirley, the cultured African American concert pianist whom Tony is hired to drive on a tour of the still segregated deep south. Yes, the Green Book existed.
USA 2018, 129 min, rated M (offensive language)
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Tony Lip & Don Stark