Green Book: Striking the right balance
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 130 min
Main Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
Director: Peter Farrelly
An italian bouncer becomes the driver of a famous African-American pianist as he embarks on a tour of the segregated south. It is a story of an unlikely, lifelong friendship that forms in an era when it shouldn’t.
Green Book does one thing spectacularly well, the story. Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrely have produced something that is very rare to find, balance. They were able to capture both the seriousness of the age and the comedy of this unlikely friendship. Doing so, producing a film that will leave you feeling optimistic about life and race relations.
Viggo Mortensen, know for his role as Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, delivers a flawless performance as Tony Lip bringing in perfect comic timing to aid in the balance of the story. He captures the transition we make when navigating from prejudice to appreciation well.
Mahershala Ali delivers an award-winning performance as Don Shirley, capturing the pain that outsiders feel both when they don’t fit into their community and the world in which they find themselves.
All in all Green Book has become one of my favourite movies, and anyone watching it will surely enjoy it!