Thursday, January 31, 2019

Review of 'Green Book'

An enjoyable liberal anti-racist film, in which a working-class Italian man with prejudices against Black people (in an early scene we see him subtly throwing away two glasses that Black maintenance men have drunk from) is contracted to be a driver to a patrician Black musician on a tour of the early 1960s Deep South. Their personal relationship develops, the stuck-up Black guy lets down his hair a bit (this is a film that's a little bit about class as well as race) and they end up buddies. The Italian guy sticks up for the Black musician in the face of Southern Racism, and they become friends.

A feel-good film that's about something important, even though it doesn't actually say much that's important.

Watched at the Everyman Cinema in Muswell Hill, where they gave us free cocktails at the beginning of the film. Wish they'd turn the heating up a bit though.

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