Genre: Biography, Drama, Comedy | Country: USA | 2018
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie (as Brian Currie) and Peter Farrelly
Starring: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali
What a surprise it was to watch Peter Farrelly’s last film, Green Book, knowing what kind of work we’re used from the filmmaker. There’s something about Mary, The Heartbreak Kid, or Dumb and Dumber, just to name a few, are the kind of films he usually does.
Green Book has won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best
Green Book is based on the true story of Tony Lip (Frank Anthony Vallelonga) and Don Shirley.
After the nightclub, he’s working for as a bouncer, Tony Lip, is desperately searching for new employment. He’s invited to an interview to be the driver and bodyguard of Dr. Don Shirly, a prodigy pianist, that’s made the bold choice of touring in the deep south for eight weeks.
Both men couldn’t be more different, but the financial stake for Lip and the need for Shirley to be protected force them to work together. The goal seems simple: Return safely before Christmas Eve.
But both know that it’s not going to be easy, especially as Lip makes the acquaintance of the Green Book: A guide which lists specific motels, restaurants and filling stations where black travelers are tolerated.
Viggo Mortensen (Lord of The Ring, Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic) has proofed one more time that he feels very comfortable with endorsing his characters to the bones. His talent for adopting accents is stunning as always. If you’re interested in accents in films by the way watch this video with star dialect coach Erik Singer. He describes Viggo Mortensen’s Russian accent as pretty credible except for a few details.
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures, House of Cards) is perfect as the lonely genious missfit, who’s whether accepted by black nor by white people. His dignified character constrasts perfectly with the character of Tony Lip and makes the dialogues working magicaly.
Green Book has all it needs to be a fulfilling and entertaining cinematographical experience: A budding friendship between two characters who couldn’t be more contrasting, funny dialogues, legendary music and writing moments, all within a frame of discrimination and racism.
If you had to watch one film this week, this should be it.
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