Excerpt: Green Book should not be thought of as a final say on the ugliness of racial intolerance or a statement that racism is done with. It should be seen as a film about two men from totally different worlds who found something very special: true friendship despite their differences.
Excerpt: The tune may be familiar, but it is performed with virtuoso style, its central characters drawn with wit, charm, and complexity and brought to life via the absolutely gorgeous performances of its stars.
Excerpt: Green Book is a light-hearted, odd couple, road trip movie with a few scenes displaying nauseating Deep South racism for tension. You’ll have a marvelous time in the movie theater, but the gut punch, that feeling you’ve just seen something you’ve never seen before, is missing.
Excerpt: A film that might have felt at home or even been somewhat controversial back in the 1960s, ends up being a gentle, but harmless story about the unlikely friendship between a brash Italian bouncer and a conceited black piano virtuoso. “Green Book” stubbornly situates itself in the past without feeling the need to adequately frame itself for modern audiences
Excerpt: The lengths Farrelly and company go to make the internal turmoil tearing Shirley apart a lesson for Tony to learn rather than an indictment on our nation’s abhorrent history is unfathomable. And to dismiss that dereliction of duty as a casualty of making a “feel good” film doesn’t cut it.
Excerpt: There is scarcely a scene that you don’t see coming, scarcely an emotion that is not telegraphed in the screenplay, scarcely a button that is not pushed, and yet they are pushed and executed so winningly that in the final scenes you’d be inclined to forgive the movie even if an angel got his wings.
Excerpt: The road trip through a land of racial clichés might be bumpy and problematic but Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ still offers an engaging, funny, and even inspiring journey through strong, convincing chemistry of Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.