Green Book | M | Biography
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are both outstanding in this based-on-a-true story, feel good flick. A pleasant slow paced film about two people from vastly different backgrounds and ethnicity’s, and the lifelong friendship they form, set amidst a background of 1960’s American South segregation, homophobia and lost identity. Although the movie touches on these themes, the story-line’s central rotation remains around the personal growth and respect which ultimately develops between these two characters. The 60’s sets and costumes were also a stand-out. I very much enjoyed this movie – definitely Oscar worthy!
The performances of the two lead roles were well cast, well executed and pleasant to watch for the entirety of the film. The story lightly touched on serious themes like class and race – but moved on from the discussion before they could be explored with real depth. For me, Green Book deserves its accolades mostly for the dedication of the cast and the dynamic between Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.
This film was somewhat lighter than I first expected (which I find is often the case with award-worthy films, created to cater to a broader audience), which only added to the ease with which one is able to experience this film. Smooth, simple and pleasing to the eye; The characters were all likable, and the leading actors had a great chemistry, which made a challenging subject matter much easier to digest. Easy to see why it won awards and just as easy to recommend.
This movie is great on many fronts. The acting is superb (Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen and Linda Cardelini, they are just amazing together) The writing is well crafted (balancing tension and wit); the period is faithfully represented; and the characters are all realistic. I went to this movie expecting it to be good, because of the talent involved, and I was entertained.
Easy to watch and an enjoyable film with an absorbing storyline. Strong performances from the main characters, in fact all, though I felt Don Shirley appeared a touch over aloof with his throne, gold attire and general disposition. I suspect it would have been less severe at the time given the social structure at the time. It’s also a journey of self discovery as both learn about goodness, values and respect from each throughout the film.
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Captain Marvel | M | Action
Captain Marvel is an extra-terrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.