Green Book Review
What’s It About?
A working-class Italian American bouncer takes a job as a driver to a black pianist in the deep South in the 1960s confronting and being confronted by their own prejudices and preconceptions, in the midst of a hostile South.
Who’s In It?
Viggo Mortensen (Lord Of The Rings, Eastern Promises, & more recently Captain Fantastic)
Mahershala Ali (House Of Cards, Moonlight, & more recently True Detective S3)
Other notables include:
Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Bloodline, & more recently Daddy’s Home 1-2)
Director: Peter Farrelly (Dumb And Dumber, Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary, & more recently Dumb And Dumber To)
Based on a true story of a working class and prejudiced Italian American bouncer who takes a driving job on a whim, only to find it is taking a black pianist around the deep South in the 1960s, directing duties for Green Book do not immediately suggest Peter Farrelly, the man behind hilarious comedies Dum And Dumber, Kingpin and Something About Mary.
And yet despite his outrageous humour, Peter Farrelly has show how dextrous he can be with what really amounts to a cross between Driving Miss Daisy, Planes, Trains And Automobiles and The Odd Couple, displaying a wonderful and sensitive touch at crucial times, but as expected, absolutely nailing the humour.
He is obviously aided by a hugely engaging and witty script, but the nucleus of the script is fairly standard. What really lifts this movie above average though are two wonderful, engaging and charismatic performances from its two leads, who work perfectly in sync with each other.
Viggo Mortensen, time and again, is capable of incredible and chameleon-like performances – after all this is the heroic Aragorn from Lord Of The Rings, the brutal Nikolai from Eastern Promises, or the timid Halder from Good. Well once again, he delivers a sublime performance as Tony Lip, a, overweight, no nonsense, speak your mind, working class Italian American bouncer.
In contrast, Mahershala Ali, who is equally captivating in his roles (think Remy from House Of Cards, or Juan from Moonlight), plays Dr Don Shirley with style, panache, class, and a hint of aristocracy – the perfect opposite to Tony.
With a fine support cast, including Linda Cardellini, Green Book is a must watch, feel good movie with scintillating performances, and well worthy of an award or two.
In A Nutshell:
A funny and heartwarming tale, with two actors at the height of the powers creating a wonderful odd couple scenario.
Certificate: 12 / 12A