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‘The Green Book’ Movie Review

‘The Green Book’ is a must travel road trip that everyone should take.

(L to R) VIGGO MORTENSEN and MAHERSHALA ALI star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures' "Green Book." In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

The Negro Motorist Green Book, commonly referred to simply as The Green Book, was an annual guidebook for African-American road trippers, so they could travel safely alone or with their families without having to worry or deal with racial tension.

Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer executive produced the film The Green Book that focuses on Dr. Don Shirley who is a world-class African-American pianist who’s about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

I think the film did a very good job of dealing with racial issues that didn’t make you leave the cinema angry or full of hate.  It made me laugh, cry, and warmed my heart. The production was two hours long and you won’t even have known it, because not once did I look at my watch to see what time it was or wonder when this film would be over.

The cast includes well-known actors Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, and Iqbal Theba just to name a few.

The writers perform a pivotal job of creating a message that racism comes in many forms besides just focusing on one’s skin color.

A standing ovation to ‘The Green Book’ because in a world where everyone is already labeling and identify a culture, race, and lifestyle, with stigmas and stereotypes. It was an eye-opener to see how words hurt, how we learn to condone prejudice, and what takes to fight against them.

Christina Jeter

Written by Christina Jeter

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