Green Book was released in theaters November 21st, 2018 is directed by Peter Farrelly also known by his movie Dumb and Dumber. This film was inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley who was represented by Mahershala Ali and Italian- American bouncer Tony Lip who was played by Viggo Mortensen who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. It 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 was named after The Negro Motorist Green Book which was a guide book for African-American travelers to know what hotels they could stay at in the mid 1920’s.
This movie expressed many feelings that not only African-Americans feel but any immigrant descendant can feel at some point in their life. “If I’m not black enough nor white enough, what am I?” and that is what society can make anybody question. Don Shirley was able to go anywhere to be able to entertain the white people, but he was not able to eat in those places he was there to entertained. He decided to not perform in one of his nights for refusing the way he was being treated. That same night they went to a place to eat where Blacks were allowed to eat, and he enjoyed playing music with them and for them for free.
This movie expressed many social problems that went on during the time period of 1962 that still resemble some of the social problems we face today. This movie is about racial injustice. They also show how a true friendship is developed in places that were least expected. This movie deserves an A for being an impactful and doing a well way of playing the time period.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri