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"Green Book": Nathan's Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Prejudice is a powerful thing. If allowed, it can take over, destroy how you see people and ruin lives. Skin color is probably the most common type of prejudice, especially in 1962 when the story of Green Book is set.

The film follows Tony Lip, an Italian-American wiseguy who specializes in "public relations" at the Copacabana club in New York. When Tony finds himself out of work, an offer comes in that he didn't expect. Dr. Don Shirley, a brilliantly skilled black pianist, has asked for a driver to take him to his shows all across the Deep South. Knowing his family needs the money, Tony takes the job not expecting what events would unfold.

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The thing I loved most about Green Book was that it didn't just show one perspective of prejudice. This was a story about two completely different men forming an unique friendship. The film simultaneously showed the perspectives of Tony and Don without taking one side or the other. It celebrated the differences of culture and showed how beautiful it would be for us as a people to come together and share our traditions and beliefs instead of staying divided through prejudicial bias. I applaud the writing and direction of this film for accomplishing something that very few films have done: showing both main characters' differences without putting either one in a bad light. Both men were treated equally and that's how it should be in life as well.

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are perhaps the best on-screen duo that I've seen in a long time. The chemistry between the two was electric. You could feel how they felt and see what they saw. They made you laugh, cry, sympathize, and empathize all at once. Hats off to both of these actors and their outstanding performances.

There were several scenes that hit me hard in the heart. We take for granted what we have and often forget the sacrifices that were made by the people who came before us.

In conclusion, if you take anything away from this film, I hope it's that we are all people and no matter what our skin color is, we need to embrace each other instead of continuing holding on to division and hatred. I give Green Book a 4 out of 4.

© 2019 Nathan Jasper

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