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Green Book

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8.22 h 9 min2018X-Ray12
Set in America in 1962, Green Book tells the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a highly-educated African-American classical pianist.
Directors
Peter Farrelly
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Viggo MortensenMahershala AliLinda Cardellini
Genres
Drama
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Producers
Jim BurkeCharles B. WesslerBrian CurriePeter Farrelly
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Entertainment One
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4.8 out of 5 stars

11675 global ratings

  1. 84% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
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NicciReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining and Inspirational Story
I must admit that I wasn't terribly fussed at the thoughts of going to see this film (I was visiting family in the U.S. and everyone else decided to go so I tagged along) but what a revelation it was. Both Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen are phenomenal. Supposedly based on true events, Ali plays Dr. Don Shirley a wealthy, gifted pianist with a very eccentric yet guarded manner while Mortensen plays Tony "Lip" Vallalonga - a stereotypical bigmouth Italian/American who lives job to job with the kind of hardman reputation that's gets him noticed. He is also racist.
Our story kicks off with Ali hiring the out of work Mortensen to drive him for 8 weeks around Americas Deep South where he will be performing piano recitals. As a black man in those times this was never going to be an easy undertaking so Mortensen also ends up as a reluctant bodyguard of sorts.
Over the course of their journey both men learn a lot about themselves and each other and we see the dynamic change between the characters as barriers are slowly broken down.
There is a danger that a film like this could feel a bit too heavy but there is a humour spread throughout that somehow manages to lighten the tone while also not taking from the gravity of the situations the men find themselves in. And yes, while this is a film about racism, it is more about two men and how they learn and grow as people despite their initial prejudices and assumptions about the other.
I'm aware that there is a bit of controversy about just how true to real life events this film actually is so I am basing my review on this as a fictional film about two very interesting characters. Highly recommended by me
197 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Black man sits in the back
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A really good film. The story based on true life is told by the road trip interactions of two men one an educated black man and the other a brawling Italian.
Don slowly wins over Tony , who is not p c at all. Tony teaches Don to chill out and eat fried chicken , never mind getting grease on his "blankie"
The discrimination of the white people is astounding to see, but you have to remember , much worse happened to "coloured" people back then. Klu klux clan etc. Slaves of course as they were originally in the deep south.
Slowly through learning each others problems , including homo sexuality in Don we see the relationship blossom. Don helps Tony write love letters to his wife. Tony sticks up for Don at the final gig , when Don , elegant in tuxedo is refused dinner at the restaurant he is about to play at. Asked to go down the road to eat in a coloured establishm enter.
Don returns home for Christmas eve. He goes home alone. The ending I will leave for you too enjoy.
54 people found this helpful
TomCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 June 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding!
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I hadn't heard of this film before stumbling across it on IMDB. It is one of the best films I have seen in a long while. The story is great (I have to be careful of spoilers here!), the acting top class, wonderful script, and the direction superb. I feel I should emphasise the fact that it is a story, rich in the telling. It draws you in and holds your attention right from the opening scenes, and it makes you feel like you're part of the developing narrative right alongside the two central characters. Brilliant!
51 people found this helpful
AG-FamilyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stop strolling for a film to watch and give this one a try!
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I came across this film whilst I was strolling through Amazon Prime.

It had a large number of reviews so I thought it might be worth a watch rather than spending yet another half an hour looking for something to watch.

Does anyone else waste their evenings simply looking for something to watch and then going to bed before finding something?

I did not think I would like this film as I am yet to watch an older based film that I have really enjoyed. This film is the first.

It is absolutely amazing.

It will play on your heart strings.

It is a true story which is based in the 19060s.

It does take about 10 minutes to get into it but then it is hooking and you will put everything down so you do not miss any part of it.

This film is worth a watch and even if this isn't your usual type of genre of film give it a try.
34 people found this helpful
DREReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is a 5 Star movie for sure; But... I have to call b.s. on the lie of it all...
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As I said in the title, based on the superb acting of Mahershala Ali, Vigo Mortenson, and supporting cast, this is definitely an amazing "5 Star" quality movie which I found both moving and "laugh out loud" hilarious at many points of the film; i.e "anyone can play Jack Quin" and the 'how to eat fried chicken' scene { OMG - even an Ital Vegan Rastafarian would know how to eat fried chicken let alone a learned man from a Caribbean/Jamaican heritage } however, I'm calling it out on it's lack of truthfulness by the claim that it is "based on a true story"... Liar Liar Pants on Fire, I say.

Unfortunately, many watchers of the film will feel warm and comforted by the white hero/saviour role of Tony "Lip" in the life of the misunderstood, lonely and without family, black musical prodigy. It appears that this storyline is very lacking in the truth it proclaims to tell...

It's a sad fact that, in this film, Hollywood promotes a "story" of a well known, loved and highly regarded Black Man's life in the 60's (Dr. Donald Waldridge Shirley) as "true" solely on the words of the son of a racist White Man (Tony “Lip” Vallelonga - the driver & bodyguard), who apparently did not ever get permission to make the film over 30 years prior to its making from Dr Shirley himself or any of Dr Shirley's close family. Yes, that's right, Dr Shirley has close family - not only does he have family, he also has three other siblings - two older brothers and a younger brother, so I'm calling b.s. on that "no family, really" nonsense that is portrayed in the film.

The notion (read "lie") that Tony and Dr Shirley "remained friends until their deaths" is also highly suspicious as a dishonest claim as, apparently, it was a regular working relationship that they had, similar to many of the other drivers that Dr Shirley hired both before and after Tony's employment. Apparently, Tony was sacked by Dr Shirley which was not anything uncommon as his drivers didn't last more than 18 months/2 years, so all of that b.s is about marketing to make it all credible.

For the record, I don't believe there is anything wrong in making a "heart-warming" film; I believe that the art of film-making is to draw the viewer into a world where the story is believable; to garner emotions and strong reactions, and this film did just that. I do, however, have an issue when someone tells me that what I've seen is based on a truth when it is quite the opposite - you've just lied to me and tried to make me believe something as true by affecting my emotions - I wonder how Dr Shirley's living family must feel? So, 10/10 (or in this case, 5/5) for a great story which was well delivered on all counts 'purely as a piece of fiction', but shame on you, for spreading a white lie.
26 people found this helpful
Sally TReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unbelieveable!
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It is the unlikliest film that I have seen in a while. The contrast between Shirley and Tony. The hard journey that Shirley undertakes - his genius at the piano. It is okay to play for a lot of cultured people, but if you needed to use the toilet, you used a shack in the back. It was the same for your dressing room (a broom cupboard), eating etc. Shirley is composed and accepts all this, while Tony, in his uncomplicated way, rebels and lands in deep water many times when sticking up for his boss. He is chauffering Shirley across the USA where predjudice is rampant. It is a phenominal insight into each other's minds and hearts and the result is the liking that develops between the two men.
23 people found this helpful
Will MacReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
An interesting story and a good watch
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It's an interesting truth-based story and one worthy of a film, certainly. The trick is to avoid the clichéd acting of an Italian-American wisecracking hard man 'minder' from the Bronx - and to present a 1962 black concert pianist in a rightly intelligent and sophisticated way. Throughout, we thought that both principle actors managed that very well (see special features interview with Tony Lip's son). Indeed, Viggo Mortensen all the way through made the character distinctive and real (and likeable) and Mahershala Ali captured a convincing tone and manner (and stance/ bearing) very nicely. Well done both.
It could of course have been made darker (a la Mississippi Burning or In the heat of the night) but it made a significant point nonetheless.
**Slight spoiler alert** There were, however, a few irritatingly over sweet moments - not least 'getting home for Christmas' (where every cliché seemed to have been employed - a bit cloying to say the least) and the north USA cop pulling them over on the way home, only to be helpful and respectful (in stark contracts to their experience with various southern cops). But that apart we found it a warming and enjoyable film.
That it was a double winning Oscar is, however, something of a surprise - but that's academy awards for you. All in all, a very watchable and likeable film that can be viewed more than once.
16 people found this helpful
P ButcherReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Pretty Good Film
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I think it’s the Bafta Film Awards Ceremonies were, for many years, hosted by Stephen Fry.
At one of those ceremonies, Fry described how the actors had changed over the years.
Many years ago, the actors would use the occasion for a ‘Knees up’.
They’d have too much to drink, and as a result, standards of behaviour would ‘deteriorate’.
Contrast that with today’s ceremonies where much of the audience drinks bottled water, & where the behaviour is ‘sanitised’.
Why this long & (seemingly irrelevant) explanation?
Stephen Fry went onto say how the audience mirrored the films
Whereas films from years ago often had a ‘rebellious’ story or theme, today’s films are more inclined to instruct us as to how unfair we’ve been.
We’ve been racist.
We’ve exploited the planet.
The wealthy have exploited the poor etc etc.
Now, these messages may be accurate & correct.
However, do they always make good yarns or films?
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