I saw this movie about a month ago at my local Odeon and its took me until now to get a review out for it. I have no idea what took me so long because this was such an amazing movie. Since watching it, I’ve slightly lost my train of thought but i’ll do my best to recap what I thought about the movie. Green Book deserves all of the recognition its getting, it’s hard to find anything wrong about this bittersweet movie about friendship. The official release of this movie isn’t until February 1st but I was lucky to attend an early screening.
The biggest shock that came to me was when I found out this was directed by Peter Farrelly, a director who is best known for making comedies such as ‘Dumb And Dumber’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary’. Some people could consider Green Book a comedy, although it does contain some mature humour, I would primarily consider this a drama.
Essentially, Green Book has a simple story to tell but its the deeper morals that really catches your eye. It has the task at recreating a time when not too long ago when black people were regularly being dehumanised in ways that the law didn’t care about. Green Books biggest purpose is to remind people of the difficulties faced by those of colour.
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali both deserve as much recognition and awards as they’re receiving. Both are amazing actors and are superb here. Their chemistry is a notable one, both having completely opposite personality but somehow playing off each other perfectly. Mortensen is a walking, talking, stereotype, playing it to the point where it became funny but in a good way.
If you’ve ever watched ‘Goodfellas’ or ‘The Sopranos’ then you know the type of person i’m talking about. Ali is calm and centred willing to take smack from anyone to prove he is the bigger man. Both actors play their roles really well.
Overall, Green Book reminds us that its never too late to tell these type of stories. It’s powerful and moving. With Morensen and Ali giving some of the best performances from their career. I was a little sceptical about Farrelly making a more serious drama considering his track record of movies but to my surprise he pulls it off really well and proves that he’s a director of many talents.
Green Book deserves to win many awards and is most likely going to be one of my favourite movies of 2019, though I did see it in 2018 im going to go off by the official UK release date which is February 1st. If you’re looking for a comedy/drama with two amazing performances then look no further.
Green Book (8/10)
Director: Peter Farrelly
Runtime: 130 Minutes