REVIEW: Green Book a rousing, spectacular acting showcase

Green Book is one of the most unbelievable, hilarious and stirring films to grace cinema screens this year.

So to find out it was directed by Peter Farrelly — part of the brother duo behind Hall Pass, There’s Something About Mary and The Three Stooges — is a shock to the system.

Farrelly has resisted the gross-out gags and slapstick antics here, and delivered one of the most irresistible, resonant films of this year or any of the last 10.

It’s a road-trip film inside a race relations study inside a buddy comedy, and they all work simultaneously while never letting one take over too much. 

It’s about hustler Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian-American who begrudgingly decides to act as driver for affluent African-American pianist Dr. Donald Shirley through the 1960s southern states for a music tour.

This “odd couple” pairing hands Mortensen his very best performance since 2005’s A History Of Violence, and his turn as Lip has already garnered him Best Actor awards from the Boston Film Festival, National Board of Review, and a Golden Globe nomination. 

Moonlight breakout Mahershala Ali has also scored a Globe nod, and a Supporting Actor win at the Washington Critic Awards. Farrelly and the film have been likewise lauded with Globes and many major awards heading into the Oscars.

This is a film where the two leads carry fantastic chemistry, the screenplay is witty and disquieting in tandem, and you feel better having sat down to watch.

Green Book is, hands down, one of the best films of the year.

4.5/5 Stars


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