Green Book, 8.8/10, proves that a tag line can be trusted. This film displays true friendship at its finest. Two unlikely characters form a bond through time, wit and shared experiences. I will start by saying that there are certain films that upon watching I have an internal monologue repeating “this is incredible”. Green Book was one of those films.
When Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) finds himself out of work for 8 weeks, he applies for a job for an unusual employer. An African-American classical pianist – Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) – is about to embark on a tour of the Deep South and requires a driver that specialises in ‘special relations’ making Lip the man for the job.
Green Book’s simplicity is what makes its success. It never attempts to be anything more than what it is. The drama, although extremely powerful and heartfelt, tackles issues of race and social class yet still never delves too deeply into the personal lives of the two main characters. What you see them encounter on their journey is all you know which puts the audience in the same position as our two leads. The more they learn about each other, the more the audience’s knowledge expands. The comedy isn’t the conventional punchline humour, it’s natural comedic brilliance that comes from the real life encounters and the two lead characters’ dialogue. It is the back and forth like two world class tennis players that makes this – laugh out loud – funny. Both Mortensen and Ali deliver a phenomenally moving performance that drives this movie across the Deep South. Their onscreen chemistry commanded my attention from the moment the two met and continued throughout their turbulent journey. They should be both showered in awards and recognition as this film goes the extra mile making it the must see feel good movie of the year.
Entertainment (of its Genre): 10/10
Overall rating….. 8.8/10