Green Book

Green Book ★★★

Green Book was an engaging movie for the second and third acts. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are nothing short of fantastic. Mahershala in particular gave the best performance of the film and quite possibly one of the best of the whole year (though his performance in Moonlight was slightly superior). It’s admittedly a nice transition for Peter Farrelly to go from silly comedies like Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin. But did the globes seriously have to give this Best Screenplay and Picture over The Favourite which had a phenomenal screenplay? The script was honestly really weak with a lot of underdeveloped characters. There’s a side plot involving Ali’s character that is in one scene and is never brought up again. Mortensen’s character was also the biggest stereotype in the fucking movie. Part of the film also feels really race-baity. Stereotypes are pointed out incessantly as a way to say “racism is bad.” Granted this does a lot more than BlacKkKlansman but still not enough.

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