OK maybe it is a bit trite.... but it's still a belting film!
- Green Book review by PR
...made so by both lead actors putting in an excellent performance. Apart from the odd twist the plot is predictable but it's no less enjoyable for that. To the critics who say it deals with 60's racism in the States in a glossy superficial way. Ok. Fair enough. But what we always seem to forget is that first and foremost a film is meant to entertain. A film that doesn't do that, on at least some level, is never going to get anywhere. And then you'd never even get the debate...
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Mediocre, unmemorable, race-fixated pc road movie
- Green Book review by PV
The critics hated it when this won Best Picture Oscar 2019, and I agree that it's a mediocre movie - though deplore the race-obsessed over-rated director Spike Lee's tantrums. This movie is way better than any of his! I may try watching it again at some time to see if I revise my opinion, but I was bored watching this. Noting original or memorable here.
However, it was the same critics and campaigners who demanded more African-American voters in the Academy and more black Oscars, so this is what you get when you rig the voting.
For me, John C Reilly in STAN AND OLLIE should have won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and the actress playing Stan's Russian wife should have won best supporting actress. It now seems true, however, that those who are not 'people of colour' are disadvantaged in winning Oscars, that merit is not the true judge any more - if it were was. The Oscars will become more irrelevant as a result, however, as have many awards which seemingly exist to promote 'diversity' (i.e. ensure the award doesn't go to any nasty supposedly privileged white man!). A shame really that these days merit is not all. Race politics and pc is what it's all about - % diversity, not talent.
It is what it is. 2 stars. Too race-fixated for my tastes.
Also, this is not a copy of superb French film 'Untouchable' - totally different story. UNTOUCHABLE is a great French film which was remade in the US as THE UPSIDE. Not this. Maybe the reviewer means DRIVING MISS DAISY which this does resemble?
3 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
- Green Book review by JD
Please don’t be put off by some of the inaccurate and bigoted reviews posted here.
This is a superb movie and well worth all the awards and oscars it has been given.
Set in 1962 it depicts a sad period in America’s treatment of racism in the Southern States.
The acting by both the lead actors is superb, but many or the smaller parts are very good too.
Great atmosphere where the old cars, concert halls and landscapes feature strongly, but it is the relationship between the driver and the concert pianist that makes this such a memorable film.
One of the best movies I have seen in this or any year.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.