Green Book

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Better than I expected!

I think that if Roma didn’t come out in 2018, Green Book would likely win Best Picture at the Oscars. It’s exactly their type of movie and will remind some viewers of Driving Miss Daisy, which I think is a far better film. Green Book is a fine film led by two fantastic performances, has some really powerful emotional scenes, but also has one or two scenes that are a little easy in terms of story-telling and should have been obvious cuts, in my opinion.

I don’t know why they are considering Ali’s performance a supporting role but he’s a lock for winning the Oscar. I was actually much more impressed with Viggo as the main lead. His range and capabilities as a top shelf actor have never been more impressive than here. I couldn’t believe this was the man who played Aragorn of Gondor, or the Russian driver with the heart of gold in Eastern Promises. Most impressive was realizing that he played an East Coast Italian-American in History of Violence and there isn’t one DROP of that character or performance in this role. You’d think there’d be a slip at one point. Astounding. 

It’s a good, safe film. Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman is a more challenging film fit for you, while this is a really good one for your mom. 

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Green Book
It’s a good, safe film. Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman is a more challenging film fit for you, while this is a really good one for your mom. 
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Jackwraith replied the topic: #290655 25 Jan 2019 09:08
Yeahhhhh.... So, here's the thing. Green Book is entirely predictable. It's a Hallmark Channel film, except that there are better actors in it. There's no point in the story where you're left uncertain about either what's going to happen or the motivations of the characters involved.

Even worse, despite it supposedly being a film about confronting issues of racism, it completely robs the lead Black actor of any kind of agency in that confrontation. He's totally at the mercy of the White guy in the typical savior role, from repeatedly saving him from random thugs or local police to teaching him about the joys of fried chicken(!) There's nothing that Shirley's "book smarts" does better than Vallelonga's "street smarts." It's basically an affirmation of everything middle America thinks about the world: educated "elites" don't really know how the world works; if you obey the police, no matter how unjust their demands, you'll be fine; and if you're denied service because of the color of your skin, government shouldn't step in because you can just go to another restaurant to be treated like a human being.

Did I enjoy Ali and Mortensen's performances? Yes, I did. Did I laugh at a few funny moments in the film? Of course. Do I think it's worthy of a Best Film nod? Not a chance in hell. It's a cute film. It's a trinket. It's also something that ends up reinforcing the current myths that a lot of people cling to and doesn't really say anything notable about the era in which it's set or the present day.
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Black Barney replied the topic: #290800 28 Jan 2019 13:20
Yeah I agree. I’ve been getting into fights at work about it cuz I really found the storytelling lazy AF, not challenging the viewer at all. Just bring you from A to B in a trolley. The performances elevate the film to where it is, but it’s still only my 19th favourite movie of the year. If this ever won Best Picture, I’d be really embarrassed for the Academy.

It’s not a bad movie though, it’s good. It’s just no where close to what Driving Miss Daisy was, or even BlacKkKlansman for that matter.

I better not talk to my mom about it cuz she loves these kinds of safe movies about racism.