Film: Green Book

Opened: November 21, 2018

Directed by: Peter Farrelly

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, Mike Hatton, P.J. Byrne, Iqbal Theba, Brian Stepanek & Tom Virtue

Despite it being a white savior film, Green Book shows an interesting race dynamic.

In 1962, Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) is looking for look while the club he works for is being renovated. He becomes the driver for pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) as he embarks on a tour of the Deep South, despite its racist ways.

Ali is fantastic in the role of Shirley, who is clearly battling some inner demons. When his character yells at Tony about not being white enough or black enough, it really strikes a chord. Linda Cardellini – as Tony’s wife Dolores – also shines in a sweet and supportive role.

While Shirley teaches Tony about acceptance, Tony’s character still holds an upper hand on Shirley and saves him multiple times.

Final say: A great film despite already outdated themes. ★★★★☆

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