Released 11/21/2018 Rated: PG-13
The instant I saw this trailer I made up my mind that I had to see this movie. I mentioned it to my husband a couple of times and showed him the trailer when he revealed he’d barely heard of it. We weren’t even halfway through it when he said he was sold. This was the best movie decision we’ve made in a while.
A Green book (if you’re unfamiliar with the term as I was) was a travel guide that laid out which hotels, restaurants, and gas stations did or did not serve Black people during the days of the Jim Crow laws. This film doesn’t center around the publication so much as it does a Black classical pianist and his newly hired white chauffeur/body guard touring through the South. Some people have taken issue with how lighthearted the film is considering the sensitivity of the subject matter, but my husband and I both thought it was perfect.
Both Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen were absolutely brilliant in this movie. It’s the coming together of eloquence and brawn without the stereotypes of pretentious and stupid. You really feel the friendship develop between them as they hit a few speed bumps during their tour and their understanding of one another grows. It’s a beautiful piece inspired by true events.
I can’t wait to watch it again.