Over and over I’ve seen white folks who otherwise hold all sorts of interesting opinions about black folks call Green Book a “feel good” movie. Yes. Sure. You feel good. About yourself. Without having done anything. Without having gained, or try to gain, any knowledge of black culture.
As a movie about one blue-collar Italian-American’s peculiar relationship to both food and the concept of whiteness, Green Book has something to recommend it. As a portrait of a black homosexual artist’s alienation from the culture of his youth, it is a considerably dicier proposition.
[UCI El Corte] One of the funniest and sweetest films i have watched all year (Yo Chase, yo Scorsese put my man Viggo on your films ASAP he is a funny guyyy!!!) "Orphans for Orpheus, Joe pan in lieu of Chopin" - malapropisms galore. I loved that line where Don says 'i'm not black, i'm not white, am not a man, what am i?' Both deserve Oscars. The right way to defuse racism: stay dignified, work within you & be kind.
A movie full of emotion and good intentions. Mortensen and Ali have chemistry and as audience members we come to root for their characters. All controversy aside, I wish that Hollywood would cut the comic book crap and make more thoughtful films like this where people from different circumstances come to know and empathize with one another. The film seems to be trying to genuinely engage with the issues it raises.
CONSENSUAL film that, like other American productions (Three Billboards outside Ebbing), does not avoid CLICHES. AWESOME original sixties SOUNTRACK ! === Film consensuel qui, comme d'autres productions américaines, n'évite pas les clichés. Bande son originale des sixties géniale !
Albeit its awful reputation, "Green Book" is not so bad as the amalgam of delightful laugh and deep pathos in Farrelly style. But the real things I want from Farrellys are moralilty-breaking gags and maddeningly dirty shit which make me laugh out loud like a broken furby. Are they gone with little brother Bobby? Compared with such laughable works, "Green Book" is just a feel-good film diluted and lukewarm sadly.
Fun though it is to watch Viggo and Mahershala hang out (and both do good work), "Green Book" is a film of hasty resolutions and tired cliches; it starts with some promise, detailing the micro-aggressive subtleties of racist attitudes, but quickly devolves into a disconnected mess of scenes that serve only as thinly veiled builds to racial slurs or transgressions -- and they're all driven by caricatures.
The Hollywood recipe of the odd couple has all the ingredients for an enjoyable ride, where the vehicle turns into a moving force beyond fixed identities. Farrelly's 'breaching experiments' on socially accepted etiquette/skills for the social game generate laughs, mostly non-scatological, but the clichés abound, stylistically it's of no value, yet good on identity issues, double-consciousness and intersectionality.
Expecting the worst from GREEN BOOK due to its backlash in recent weeks, but turns out it were all just that -backlash. Completely charming from start to finish. Mortensen combined his nasty EASTERN PROMISE side with his CAPTAIN FANTASTIC supressed warmth seamlessly (& surprise: now all 3 got him Oscar noms!).
A beautiful, funny and heartfelt little film. Its charm is mainly due to the palpable chemistry between Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. They both play their role really well even though I'm unsure Mortensen was the right choice to play an italian character. The story narrative and character arcs are well written and pays off in both a predictable and a really satisfying way. Loved the humor. 3.5 stars.