2018 ( USA ) ( Biography, Comedy, Drama )
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Director: Peter Farrelly
A Member’s Choice Film. Green Book (which won 3 Oscars including Best Motion Picture) is based on the real-life friendship between Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a blue-collar Italian American and Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), the cultured African American concert pianist. Tony is hired to drive Don on a tour of the still segregated Deep South. They must rely on “The Green Book”, a guide for ‘Negro motorists’ driving in the South, advising them where they may eat and sleep to ensure a ‘vacation without aggravation’. Confronted with racism, danger, unexpected humanity and humour, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
Don’t miss this film. It epitomises all the things to which we aspire. It’s a handsomely made and watchable picture and there is real warmth in Ali and Mortensen’s performances.