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The concept of two people form totally different backgrounds and life experiences is nothing new. Still, the acting is just fine.
Disappointed that the character of Estonian cellist Jüri Täht was changed to Russian for this movie. You would have to have absolutely no knowledge of that region's history to change the ethnicity of a character from Estonian to Russian.
At first I thought this was going to be another generic "white savior" film in the vein of The Blind Side, but no it was a brilliant film that didn't focus on race relations but instead on an unlikely real-life friendship.
Great chemistry between Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali!
Absolutely wonderful!! The best movie in a long, long time!!! Brilliant acting and a great story!!! Watch the bonus features!!!
I was reluctant to get this movie as I was not eager to watch something with graphic hate and an intense message. I was happily surprised by a well told tale based on a true story which was more subtle than violent. A super story and incredibly played.
Simply delightful, expertly steered by its director. Enjoy the stellar performances by Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali. My humble advise for 130 minutes while watching this movie; suspend all angst about the dark history of racial tension in America’s Deep South
Indeed about discrimination in all aspects of relationships. Great actors and writer.
Not necessarily fun.
This movie deserves every award it receives and then some. Enchanting performances by the two main characters.
A well-written 'road trip' movie of a different kind that keeps you smiling till the last frame. Mahershala Ali won as best supporting actor, but it is really Viggo Mortensen who carries the film. It is a shame that he was not awarded the best actor Oscar for his terrific performance in this outstanding feel-good movie.
I absolutely enjoyed this movie because it was a story about friendship, dignity, and empathy. It was even funny! Yes I too agree with the Oscars. Clearly, this is the best picture of the year. I believe it is a true masterpiece from the acting, music and of course the great storyline that leaves us with a positive message. It was based on a true story of the friendship between jazz pianist Don Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (played by Viggo Mortensen), a street smart Italian-American, who was hired to be Shirley’s driver. Although, he was a racist I found it interesting that it was Tony’s character who liked to listen to the African American music such as Little Richard and Aretha Franklin. But Tony was not a complete racist. He was just disillusioned by the past American ideology that was once accepted because of propaganda. Propaganda is the key to discrimination and can be a destructive tool. Tony just needed an awakening and someone to open his eyes. I then realised discrimination happens to everyone. Even Tony suffered racism for being Italian. We seem to forget that Italian Americans had faced discrimination for decades and that discrimination can happen to anyone at anytime. Hollywood rarely focuses on this. This movie was fairly written, as it shows how every culture has suffered racism. We are divided as a culture by race, religion, sex, and lifestyle that is still a problem today. Even an opinion can lead to racism. The reason why this movie was so good, it was accurate to the 1960s and the story it was based on. Education and film is the key to understanding racism and has the power to put an end to it if used properly like the positive ending of Green Book. I feel as if the director of this movie intended to leave us with a lesson that we should all accept each other despite our differences. He managed to weave in a beautiful Christmas ending, which turned into a perfect film for the holidays. I recommend this film. 5/5 Stars. @janmarrow1225 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This film was funny enough in spots that we had to pause and re-watch because we were laughing so hard. It's endearing, and insightful, and it manages to probe deep into race issues that would otherwise make many of us flinch. It was a refreshing call to build bridges and drop our guard when it comes to making interracial friendships, and still it was highly entertaining the whole time. One of the rare great movies to come out the past few years.
One of the best films I have seen this year! This film has amazing performances, smart humor and is also quite heartwarming.
Green Book, Reviews
94% liked this film
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Mahershala Ali plays a jazz musician who confronts the racism of his driver, played by Viggo Mortensen, in a warm but tentative real-life story. Full review
Mortensen and Ali both give fabulous performances in this feel-good road-trip drama that's part buddy comedy, part history lesson, and part social commentary on friendship and race. Full review
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
A supremely likeable film. Its message might seem obvious and its template overcooked, but it boasts a warm heart, with two astoundingly good lead performances to guide it home. Full review
A decent-enough flick, but truly a wasted opportunity in film making. It's like it was made in 1948. Have some issues with the "white savior" mentality of the film, too.
This is truly a great movie. Everything about it is wonderful-the acting, the writing, directing, sets, etc. If you don’t know about Don Shirley, I suggest a quick read on Wikipedia - it will verify that most of what this movie has in it is true. Be sure to watch the bonus sections - one of the writers was the son of “Lip” and his comments are fascinating to hear. There is a lot of humor, but a lot of really touching moments too. Don’t miss this one!
This film definitely deserved Best Picture in my opinion! Both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali gave phenomenal performances. Even the score helped to make moments more emotional. This is definitely a must see film!
This was a great film, especially the last 30 minutes. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali both tend to select films with a message, often not to large audiences. It was good to see them reach a larger audience.
Great movie telling it like it was. I think it deserved any an all awards it received.
I know that this movie has gotten a lot of push back for being racially tone-deaf, flattening the history, and romanticizing the era. I agree, but I still found it hard not to love this movie. Perhaps that's one of it's flaws.
An OUTSTANDING excellent 2018 movie about two men drawn together, one uneducated white New Yorker and a amazing classically trained black pianist, living a sterile life in NYC but from a "hard-knocks" racist experiencing background.
These two men come together to travel by car in the South in 1962 and the expectations and experiences the two would have together in a segregated America. From experiencing law enforcement in the north and in the south to what the ruling class EXPECTED of each of them in society, an eye opening experience about the GREEN BOOK.
A wonderful movie of friendship, adversity, truth and how one perceives racism in America. Actor M. Ali won the academy award for best supporting actor.
Anyone over the age of 15 would appreciate this movie. Gripping, comedy-drama.
Great movie--- showed how things were in the South in the 1950's.... I lived through it, but in the NORTH where we didn't see this side of life. It's a GREAT movie because it was a true story with great acting.