Green Book Review: A Road Trip Film Low on Racial Drama, High on Buddy Comedy

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Green Book Review: A Road Trip Film Low on Racial Drama, High on Buddy Comedy

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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ver the last few years, Mahershala Ali has elevated just about anything he’s starred in. Even before he received universal acclaim for his award-winning turn in Moonlight, Ali had already registered his quiet gentleness in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Netflix’s House of Cards.

Returning to a starring role after two years, it’s this very charm that Ali brings forth in Peter Farrelly’s Green Book – making the road-trip film sing at a pitch it otherwise wasn’t equipped to. Inspired from a true story, Green Book revolves around the unlikely friendship between Don Shirley (Ali), a multilingual African-American pianist and Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a racist NY bouncer hired to drive him for a concert tour through unfriendly route.

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