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Jan 30

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

Already A Good Start Across The Atlantic

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 Sreenplay in 2019 and, has been nominated for two Academy Award in the categories Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film has shown that Peter Farrelly masters other genre than slapstick comedy. For the greatest pleasure of the audience.


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.

Is It Worth It?

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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Hello there! I'm Martha, a tenacious optimist, professional mistake maker and a pain in the ass for those who love status quo. I love inspiring films and series not only because they're pretty but also because they have the power to change perspective and sometimes to heal.