Viggo Mortensen and Marshala Ali give exceptional performances in this heartwarming and funny film that shows us that we may be different but we're all humans and we should treat each other as such. A feel good film that has a lot of heart.
The film tries, but not too hard; it hams it up, but not too much; it manipulates, but just the right amount. The result is an effortlessly entertaining film that hits all the right emotional beats. Green Book is by no means a cinematic experience for the senses, but it’s a film for the soul, one of those intensely enjoyable and endlessly quotable cable favorites, subject to countless rewatches.
Tiring. And then we have to have a good cop on Christmas Eve? Stop already. Would rather have seen a biopic about Don Shirley's life. Why must we get his story filtered through the eyes of his white chauffeur? Show us studying in Russia. Show us when he left music to become a psychologist. Show us how he got into music again. There's truly fascinating stuff that could be explored instead of this watered down pablum.
Mahershala Ali's performance is wonderful and (thankfully) not Magical. But Mortensen's Lip is the center of the story. The editing consistently includes eyeline matches from Tony's perspective, and generally does more to reinforce cultural stereotypes And cinematic ones than to truly challenge them. An old white dude sat next to me, said the n-word at one point (just repeating what he to a neighbor, of course).