Before I begin this review I have to go back to some recent history. Remember a few years ago when the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag scoured the internet, haranguing The Academy for making The Oscars, well, so white. Since then Hollywood has really begun to change things around, providing more opportunities for people of color and giving actual awards to those who rightfully deserve it of all races. This year’s Oscars was the most progressive yet with a diverse diaspora of movies that were nominated for Best Picture (Black Panther, Green Book, Roma, and BlacKkKlansman) and an astonishing array of awards to those of color. There was even history made as Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American women to win Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
That leads me to Green Book. The night of The Oscars was filled with inspiring moments and triumphant victories but then, at the end of the evening, Green Book would end up taking home Best Picture. I was delightfully surprised but as I watched the outpour of rage flowing across the internet (including Spike Lee’s infamous leaving of the room once the film had won top spot) I began to wonder, was the outcry warranted or was the movie actually that good?
Recently I watched BlacKkKlansman which ended up being as good as I imagined. And then last night I watched Green Book which was also how I figured it would be too. But that leads me to the question of this post; Is Green Book worthy of Best Picture? The short answer is no, unfortunately.
Green Book is a heartwarming tale about the friendship between chauffeur Tony Vallelonga and incredible pianist Dr. Don Shirley as they make their way to several venues in the South during the 1960s’. The movie goes along as you might expect. Tony and Shirley don’t like each other very much at first but by the end of the film, they are best friends.
There are no major surprises in the movie and the film’s plot is very predictable, making the film seem kind of docile in the enjoyable department. And yet the movie isn’t bad. It’s just not the best film I’ve ever seen.
To be honest, the best thing about the film was the locations. I found myself gaping in awe at the beauty of their voyage as they traveled from state to state. The very scenery surrounding these two characters’ journeys gave the film life that it wouldn’t have had otherwise, making it easily my favorite element to the movie.
My Conclusion of the Film
Don’t let my review discourage you from watching this movie because it is good. Like I said before, it’s heartwarming, it’s a great feelgood story that leaves you smiling throughout the film, there are some legitimately funny moments and it may even bring you to tears maybe once or twice.
While I won’t remember Green Book for being one of the greatest movies I have ever seen I am glad that I watched it. It’s a good movie to see if you want to sit back, relax, and watch something that’ll just make you pleasantly pleased. But if you’re looking for something a little darker with plot twists galore this isn’t the film for you.
I’m giving Green Book 92 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. It’s definitely a good movie but…it could be better.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.