GREEN BOOK is a 5-STAR Movie
GREEEN BOOK with the Actors portraying Dr. Shirley and Tony Lip depicted above.
You know, they do say to save the best for last and maybe that is exactly what I am doing by writing a REVIEW about this great movie. I was late to write, but I have been so busy on my own endeavors that I didn’t have the opportunity to see this Silver Screen Wonder until today. And I am so glad that I did, but everything does come with a Toll in life. Doesn’t it? And I can now honestly say-this movie won their Awards by great writing and great Directing and great Acting and great Wardrobe and great Casting and so many other things that I am of an empty mind to write about. But please read and do watch this amazing film.
GREEN BOOK is a very moving movie and I have just gotten to finally see it. I’ve heard nothing about this movie and I am writing about it just as I Review all movies that I consider to be very alluring to a person’s inner self. And this movie is another Eye-Opener from 1962 when Race and the flashing of the Race Card was used by White People to totally keep the Black Man and Woman segregated apart from what they should have received after the Civil War. But, no, that’s not the case and once again, another Jewel of a Movie comes blazing across the Silver Screen to awaken that part of emptiness that exists in all men regardless of social awareness.
And Social Awareness is something sometimes viewed subjectively that still can never be overlooked as one might be originally awakened by “living I”t and others by seeing it presented to them in a manner as to not to alert strong feelings of disapproval. Disapproval of this movie is not involved at all. This Movie is the real deal. And this Movie is one that will stay in the Viewer’s mind for a very long time. It is hypnotic and it will simply not go away. And in others ways, this Movie might even be a punisher to those that are reminded of their own past.
- Yes, 1962 and the times are just beginning to find the flexing of Racial Tensions leading all the way up to the very Watts Riots. But this movie is not an indulgence into the bigotry that came about later. No, this Movie is a “In Your Face” artistic expression of a time when America was so full of it’s White Supremacy that few White People ever stopped to consider the ways of their present living and how it affected others. And why was that? Simple. White people taught their own young to be the same way that they were raised and the cycle of unfairness was never broken.
In one part of the Movie, the other Musicians accompanying Dr. Don Shirley talked to his Driver-Bodyguard about why this amazing Black-American Pianist was willing and actually touring the Deep South. Why? What would cause any prey to enter into the Lion’s Den like so many other men and women of such incredible visionary outreaching would do? Yes, Dr. Shirley was the prey, the deer, the doe and he was willing to allow his own life to be sacrificed in order to promote something that he envisioned as becoming quite beautiful. And what was that? To die for what? A man of such World-Class Talent having treated so many powerful people around the World to his ability to be the BEST Pianist from around the World and show his playing as if love was flowing from his own heart to yours. What was he inspiring?
An America where all men and women could call each other Brother and Sister and know it to be true in their hearts. And in this Deep South Journey, Dr. Shirley and his Italian Driver/Bodyguard slowly but surely became connected in the strangest of ways. Dr. Shirley already knowing the issues and what he would be facing and the other man, a rough, very tough Italian Bouncer from New York only knowing the cost of Street Life in his World. And before the trip was concluded, both men did fully absorb the decency that can and should always exist in all men. In all of us.
The movie starts out unique with an amazing storyline and superb Script. Lord, such talented men and women in this movie still brings great joy to me for having finally getting to see it. Every word I heard was as if they were choreographed from a thousand Souls that were speaking from a past America. Yes, I am a writer and I always look for unique and powerful storyline with great delivery by the Actors or Actresses and I was not let down in any way.
And yet, the request and need of a change in the pace away from the Bully Thug World lured Tony Lip to agree to be an escort, a bodyguard, a chauffer, and finally a proven friend to a man that had more talent in only one of his hands that many men have in two. And when he plays the Piano, Dr. Shirley knows the language of the music that he must present to the White World and he does it and in one scene, you can see his anger, his own disgust at the ignorance of the Deep South as he strikes the Piano Keys with great Disdain.
And as the two in one car and the other men travel in a second car, the men for a good period of time seem on their way to a fruitless adventure where only one making money and another’s dream of being part of the CURALL for all of America is as distant as the Stars in the night skies. But, as the journey continues to unfold, the Director, Peter Fallery, brings you into the zone where few men can walk without breaking bones to leave from. And that is hateful Past of Racial Bigotry and Indifference jumps into the Viewer’s face with no mercy. Yes, to a point, the viewer must be brought in to face judgement as the Black Man and Woman were during this time period of the 1960’s. Yes, a volatile time. A time where men were hung and killed for only being a person of another color in the wrong place in the wrong time with the wrong people all around you.
Yes, before this movie is over, the Viewer will be forced to identify with the Black Man, the White Man, and the atrocities that other White Men will put upon you. And will you sit still or will you stir with an Open Mind? And Open Mind or a mind that needs opening? Yes, although this is only a movie, the things presented in it are in existence even to this day. And one of the musicians expresses that Dr. Shirley is doing what he is doing of touring the Deep South from his own courage.
Yes, a man with a professional meekness touring the Deep South, not fully understanding the dangers, but moreso, what others can do to him. Yes, knowledge is a wonderful thing, but who does what this man did? Who does that? Who? A man miles apart from most men with human understanding that has no boundaries. This movie is very bit a 5-STAR Movie. And Tony Lip is going to be awakened to something that he never knew existed in him and that was thru joint bonding that he must experience for himself. And as he witnesses one tragic encounter after another for Dr. Shirley and for himself, Tony Lip comes completely around to an actual caring love for this amazing, talented Pianist.
And there are parts of this movie that did make me “flashback” to other movies that brought the Deep South activities of White Supremacists for the viewer to analyze for themselves. And when the movie concludes, the human love factor is brought out and Dr. Shirley was now attached to a White Man that had put his own life ahead of Dr. Shirley’s life. And Dr. Shirley had also aided Tony Lip.
Well rounded education confronts Street Wise knowledge and when the movie is over, the two men have come full circle and boy can openly call the other-A True Friend. And both men are given opportunities to stand up for the other regardless of any Color Line. And Tony Lip even offers to slip Dr. Shirley into his Whites Only Hotel Room for the night.
But the crowning jewel comes from the emotionla connection that does take place between two men of completely different Worlds and it is one that only a viewer will ever experience for themselves by watching GREEN BOOK.
Today, I actually stopped writing in A Panther’s Father IV manuscript just to write this REVIEW about something that I absolutely found worthy of my viewing and worthy of your viewing. I cannot express how much I believe this movie will enrich your life. It’s messages are as timely today as they were back then. And without understanding, will American become so complacent that they befall or degrade backwards to the same point of Racial Bigotry of the 1960s? Folks, my books, A Panther’s Father Book Series are laced with these similar themes that cannot be emphasized enough and I even add the 1970’s in my own books, but not of on any caliber as this movie is for sure.
For some, just viewing this movie will take courage because they know the real score of their own beliefs and those that they were taught. And how long does a person have to hold onto beliefs that are only a way to keep America and all of us from fulfilling our fullest and most complete life that each of us needs to get automatically by just being a human. A warm human and if you love as I do, you will come away from this movie with a warmth that I cannot explain as some feelings, some emotions are never fully written about in the truth of their description.
So, watch this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed and greatly appreciated seeing this Wonderful and full movie take me on a exhaustive tour of the Deep South.
And thank you so much to anyone who had any part in making and bringing this Wonderful Movie to the Silver Screen. Thank you so much.
Here is an exert from wikipedia. org that is wonderfully written and from:
Green Book is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Italian American bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. The film was written by Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travelers written by Victor Hugo Green.
Green Book had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2018, where it won the People’s Choice Award. It was then theatrically released in the United States on November 16, 2018, by Universal Pictures, and grossed $322 million worldwide. The film received positive reviews from critics, with Mortensen and Ali’s performances being lauded, although it drew some criticism for its depiction of both race and Shirley.
Green Book received numerous accolades and nominations, and at the 91st Academy Awards won Oscars for the Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and for Best Supporting Actor (Ali). The film also won the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the National Board of Review award for the best film of 2018, and was chosen as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. Ali also won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actor.
That’s all I got to say on this great movie. Watch it and if you hate it, comment to me. Bye.
God Bless…the living breathing James Brown, US Army Veteran, author of A Panther’s Father Book Series and Handgun Safety.