Film Reviews Cat

Green Book (2018)

9.0/10

An Italian-American bouncer from Brooklyn is offered a job to drive an African-American classical pianist to his gigs throughout the American south of the 1960’s. The driver is hired for this job because he has the ‘ability’ to protect the classical pianist from harassment. It is the interaction between the goon character and the educated pianist that makes this movie so interesting.

There is nothing new about two opposing characters that have to work together in order to accomplish their goals. However, what makes “Green Book” so much different is that both the main characters are extremely well developed, and really compliment each other. Additionally, we can see that both characters change throughout the story, and that this is the most important part of this film. I think that this film would never have scored this high if it wasn’t for the realistic character development, and the setting. Nobody wants to see two characters that dislike one and other for the entire duration of the film, and it would have been very difficult to successfully find another angle for this story. 

So what other reasons are there to see this film? Well… the acting is great. One can really see that the two actors have a good cinematic connection because you can almost feel a certain ‘flow’ between the two. Maybe this was the case because both actors are extremely good at their job, but I think that they really connected on a personal level. Moreover, the supporting cast is also marvelous, and feel three-dimensional as well. All of this is connected to the dialogue which feels fresh, and is never boring. Maybe the plot is not the main reason why you should watch “Green Book”, but the entire experience definitely is. 

So do I have any negative remarks about this film? Not really, there were certain scenes which could have been more gritty. Making certain scenes a little more rough would have increased the realism in my opinion. Additionally, at times it does feel a little too much like a ‘feel good’ movie. One example is that violence, and racism is almost always a lead-up to the emotional bonding of the two main characters. There is nothing wrong with this, but it does feel highly constructed at times. This is the exact reason why I am unable to give “Green Book” a higher grade than a 9.0/10. If you polish a plot too much it can turn into a somewhat romantic experience, which automatically feels less realistic in this case. You can almost compare the structure with the movie “Grease” (1978) in the sense that it feels like it is overly-structured. It is difficult to describe this concept, but one would see such a thing within the musical genre. Therefore it is a little strange to me when I see such an overly polished semi-sweet plot in a film which is not related to the musical genre. Of course there are multiple films that do this and it is fine, but given the topic of this film which is sociocultural perspective and racism, it could have been more rough. 

To conclude I would like to add that the aesthetics of the set design were beautifully done. Everything felt like it was the 1960’s. Therefore the vast majority of this film is highly immersive, and highly emotional. The only question that you have to ask yourself is; when is the best time for me to watch this film. Because I can imagine that some people might not always be in the mood for such topics. The only thing I can advise you is to put it on your calendar and make sure nobody can interrupt you while you are watching “Green Book”. It might be best to watch it by yourself. 

Directed by Peter Farrelly (directed by). Writing Credits Nick Vallelonga. (written by) & Brian Hayes Currie. (written by) (as Brian Currie) & Peter Farrelly. written by)

Cast:
Viggo MortensenTony Lip
Mahershala AliDr. Donald Shirley
Linda CardelliniDolores
Sebastian ManiscalcoJohnny Venere
Dimiter D. MarinovOleg
Mike HattonGeorge
P.J. ByrneRecord Exec

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