Last night saw Cineworlds tenth Secret Unlimited Screening, recently we have been treated to some very good films such as Love Simon, Incredible 2 and last Christmas saw Molly’s Game being shown, this year was a wide open as there is a lot of good films coming out but with the booking being opened for Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns this to me ruled them out so I was then thinking it could be the films about Queens, either Mary, Queen of Scots or The Favourite but when the Certificate appeared and mentioned Green Book, I though wow I’ve not even heard of this and not even had it on my radar to watch however as the titles started and said was based on a true story I settled back to watch as films based on true stories and biographies are my favourite Genre.
Green Book is named after the Negro Motorist Green Book that was a guidebook for the African-American Travellers in the 1960’s and the film is about African-American Classical/Jazz Pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) who hires Italian-American Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) as his driver and to help him gets to his gigs on time when he tours the Deep South (which still had a lot of racial tension).
The film takes us on the journey not only the musical tour but also the journey of friendship that started to blossom between Tony and Don and how they start to improve each other which Don trying to make Tony more intelligent and helps him write letters back to his wife whilst Tony tries to get Don to stand up for himself more.
I enjoyed this film and not knowing what to expect may have help make this better as not seeing any trailer or reading any review I couldn’t have any expectation of what to expect and maybe this is a good way forward, though with going to the cinema you are always seeing trailers so seeing films not hearing anything about is going to be rare.
Personally this is a good film to watch but I know lots of people won’t enjoy this, if you like Hidden Figures, Moonlighting I think you will enjoy this film, there is comedy parts in the film as the differences between Tony and Don show through.
Green Book gets a 4/5 from me.