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“Green Book” Movie Review

Last month on November 16th, the film “Green Book” was released into theaters. Frankly, I wasn’t super keen on seeing this movie, but my mom suggested that I should, so I went with some friends. In the end, I felt lucky that I saw the film, it was definitely the right decision.

“Green Book” entails an unlikely friendship between an African-American pianist, Dr. Don Shirley, and his initially intimidating Italian driver, Tony Vallelonga. Together they route on a road trip from New York City through the Deep South for a music tour for Shirley’s trio. Taking place in 1962, a time of racial discrimination in America, Shirley faces inequality, while Vallelonga acts as a defender for Shirley, and learns the life of one who lives under a racial bias.

This movie was very well made. From the costumes, humor integration, accurate accents the actors took on, to the precise capture of the atmosphere in the South during a time period of segregation. From the perspective of an audience member, my eyes were glued on the screen the two hours and 10 minutes, perhaps maybe not during the credits.

That being said, the film did lack some background information regarding Dr. Don Shirley, and how he ended up as a pianist, rather than a worker like the majority of other African-Americans during this time. I would also have liked to know a little more about what happened with the friendship of Vallelonga and Shirley when they returned from the road trip.

In conclusion, “Green Book” is without question a must-see. If you’re looking for a good laugh, and maybe a good cry, I would highly recommend purchasing a ticket.