Summary of the movie: Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.
My Review: When I first saw the trailer of Green Book I was not intrigued I thought it was the same black/white movie. You know the movie when the main actors who are black and white hate each other first then they somehow become best friends? yeah, that exactly what I got from the trailer. And I only watched the trailer because I saw the actor Mahershala Ali. Mahershala is an amazing actor who I fell in love with his work from one of the best movies I have ever seen, Moonlight. After watching Moonlight, I have tried to watch everything with him in it. so, by default, I gave this movie a chance.
While watching this movie I had no expectations AT ALL. There was a lot of negative buzz around this movie for numerous reasons. But, I am glad I decided to watch the movie because I learned a bit of history I never knew. Me being a History minor student learning history every chance I get is always a plus. Before watching this movie I had no idea what a “Green Book” or the significance of it. This movie opened my eyes to so much.
When watching the movie I didn’t take into account that many of these events were based on true events. I definitely did after the movie because this is when I really do my deep thinking on movies. There is a particular restaurant scene that made me understand the circumstances of many African Americans of this time. The scene is when Dr. Don is about to perform at this restaurant but he decides to eat with his band first at the same restaurant. Dr. Don was actually told he was not allowed to eat at the SAME restaurant he was about to perform at because COLOREDS weren’t allowed. isn’t that some bullshit? so while his band who is white were eating Dr. Don was not even allowed to be in the same room as them.
All in all, the movie was good, not great. The acting was magnificent. The message was clear but, not exactly executed as such. I learned a lot from this movie so for that reason, I would recommend. The movie does start off slow so it will take an effort to continue watching. Lastly, when watching take into account this movie was set in 1962 and that was not so long ago.
**The Negro Motorist Green Book, popularly known as the Green Book, was a travel guide intended to help African American motorists avoid social obstacles prevalent during the period of racial segregation, commonly referred to as Jim Crow. The Green Book listed businesses that would accept African American customers.