Not Easy Bring Green (Film Thoughts: Green Book)

gbI know some critics have disparaged ‘Green Book,’ saying the film treats 60s race relations in a Polyanna manner, but I thought it was great, and I can even easily say that it is one of my favorite films of the season (if not the year) I just connected to it, and I found myself crying after seeing it. The most touching aspect about it for me? It shows how some people experience loneliness, and how they find solace to it in the most unexpected places. In this case, an unlikely friendship forms between gifted musician Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony,the driver he hires for his concert tour (played by Viggo Mortensen) And sure, I do acknowledge that most of this is formula, and you can see what happens a mile away, and really, you can tell how these characters are going to develop. But there is such strength in the performances that you really don’t care, and you just go along for the ride. I am not going to pretend and say that the race relations part was handled effectively – the film simplifies it – but I think there was such genuine human emotional interaction between the two characters and you felt it on screen that I was able to overlook that. When a film touches me – and nowadays that’s getting more and more rare – I tend to latch on to it. That’s what I got most from the film – this emotional bond that resonated with me. I have felt that loneliness myself, and the emotion I got from here filled a void. I really do like this film, despite its fault, and hope people don’t dismiss it because of them.

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