At the Movies-The Green Book

2019 April 2019 At the movies Entertainment Suzanne A. Marshall

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.

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