By Suzanne A. Marshall the April 2019 Edition
Directed by : Peter
Farrelly Starring : Virgo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardell
“A working class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of the venues through the 1960’s American South.”
This movie is the 2019 ‘Best Picture’ winner at the annual Academy Awards. It received a number of other nominations including the winner of ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Mahershala Ali. It’s a really well-crafted movie and story about the troubled six-ties and the still oppressive attitudes towards the black populations by many of the whites. Here we have a tough Italian bar bouncer (Tony), down on his luck for employment, showing up to apply for a driving job to take a gifted pianist who is black, (Dr. Donald Shirley) through the Deep South, where segregation of hotels and restaurants are still abundant. It proves to be a sensitive and touching story of two human beings from different ‘worlds’ working out the issues and finding ways to make the concert tour work for both of them.
I really loved this movie and would recommend that anyone view it. I was particularly taken with the role of Tony as portrayed by Virgo Mortensen. He really pulls off the tough Italian guy with a soft heart. But the story itself is moving and very engaging. It’s one of those quietly wonderful tales of human conflict and a far cry from the trendy superhero and special effects blockbusters so popular these days.
IMDB has rated this movie at 8.3/10 based on 136,174 viewers.
Suzanne A. Marshall hails from western Canada and has been living the good life in Manzanillo over the past 8 years. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She is retired from executive business management where her writing skills focused on bureaucratic policy, marketing and business newsletters. Now she shares the fun and joy of writing about everyday life experiences in beautiful Manzanillo, Mexico, the country, its people, the places and the events.