Comedy master Peter Farrelly decided to take a more serious movie project and presented a fact-based story about two people who went on an extraordinary and challenging journey. The movie Green Book was released in 2018 and it won many awards. This film reveals many details about the life of the Italian community in the USA and the racial problems faced by black people. However, this movie once again proves that neither cultural differences nor skin color matter to friendships. So, what is this movie about and why it is a must see to everyone?
Paradoxes of Life
Life is full of stories: some of them happens and then they are forgotten, while others are staying alive for decades. Director Peter Farrelly set out to tell the story of pianist Donald Shirley and Tony Lip, who worked as a security guard for night clubs. Donald Shirley was a famous pianist embarking on a concert tour to south of the USA. However, segregation – the division of people according to skin color – was still promoted in the country at that time, especially in the southern states. Traveling would be dangerous for alone black pianist, so he hires Tony, who is famous for his relations in the area and works for the protection of Italian origin. The trip requires being prepared for a lot of different situations, but the most difficult ones happen without expectations.
Director Peter Farrelly was able to make a movie not only about racism, but also about an approach to racism from a man who had previously had no sympathy to people of another race and origins. The whole action of the movie revolves around the Italian Tony Lip who is analyzing things from his own perspective and those things are new to him. And that is the main highlight of this movie. Tony is a proud and stubborn man, typical Italian man – the head of the family, whose social circle consists only of other people of Italian descent, but the family and his closest friends are very important to him.
Tony, who has such qualities, becomes a real headache for the musician Donald Shirley, who hired him. It is a completely opposite character. He is a well-educated snob who is accustomed to attention and unnoticed by the problems of the people revolving around him. But behind all this portrait of a beautiful and almost perfect pianist hides a lonely and alcoholic man.
While there are many unpleasant racist elements in the movie, the Green Book is not a typical drama. It is a movie about a journey and friendship with humor embedded in certain scenes well enough to understand two different perspectives of life. Such humorous scenes have managed to distract attention from not-so-pleasant images at important moments, proving that the director is truly a professional of comedy genre that can provide bright moments even for such a sensitive narrative. The pros of the movie also include extremely good and meaningful dialogues between the characters, the uninterrupted action of the plot line, the concerts of Donald Shirley presented in an interesting way, and several tense scenes.