Review: Green Book (2018)

Director: Peter Farrelly
Screenwriters: Brian Curie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardelini, Don Stark, Sebastian Maniscalco
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence, and suggestive material
Release Dates: 11/21/18 (Theatrical Wide); 2/19/19 (Disc/Streaming-fuboTV)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Green Book is one of the worst best pictures in recent memory. It’s not a terrible film, per se, but it’s hardly perfect. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali do the best they can with their underdeveloped characters, but it’s not enough to make the film special. While I enjoyed the film at the time, I later couldn’t stop focusing on the fact that it basically presents the white man as a savior to the black man, and the white man’s vision of what an ideal friendship with a black man should be like. Thankfully, the Academy righted wrongs the following year with Parasite. 

Grade: C