Feature name: Green Book
Directed by: Peter Farrelly
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Seldom do you get to see a film that is funny and hard-hitting at the same time? Green Book is one such film.
Mahershala Ali plays Dr. Don Shirlley, an African-American classical pianist. He hires Tony Lip (Viggo Mortenson), an Italian-American bouncer as his driver for his 8-week-long piano tour. Both are almost diametrically opposite personality wise. But as their journey progresses, their bond only goes stronger. Mahershala helps him to write beautiful letters to his wife while he makes him have a chicken nugget with his bare hands for the first time. So their life changes for good with many learnings and unlearning.
On many occasions, it addresses racism with humour but it’s never offensive. There are many scenes that will move you like the one in which Mahershala is almost in tears after arguing with Tony. Apart from racism, the film is also about friendship. The narrative is smooth and barely has any weak portions. The humour is on point.
Mahershala Ali is simply fabulous. Viggo Mortenson is amazing. The film benefits so much because of their wonderful performances. All the other actors do a fine job.
Green Book is a fabulous film that should be watched for its inspiring story and magnificent performances. We give it 4 stars with a big kink.