Prof. Darla Anderson
29th April 2021
Green Book is a 2018 American comedy-drama that focuses on Tony Lip and Vinnie’s drive to make a difference (Green Book, 2018). Nick Vallelngoa wrote the screenplay, based on interviews with his mother and Brian’s uncle and his uncle’s correspondence with his mother. The film was inspired by the true story of Don Shirley, an African-American classical and jazz pianist, and Tony Vallelonga, an Italian-American bouncer, who took a road trip in the deep south in 1962 to better themselves. The film was named after Green’s Negro Motorist Guide, an African-American publication from the 1940s.
Green Book film had its world premiere at the People’s Choice Award in Toronto on September 11, 2018. The film was lauded by reviewers for Mortensen and Mahershala Ali’s performances, as well as others for what was seen as their portrayal of ethnicity. It was released in the United States on November 16, 2018, earning $321 million at the global box office, according to Box Office Mojo. Composer Bowers has produced an original score for the movie, along with one of Shirley’s own songs. Farrelly scored the film using rare classic American sounds from the ’50s and’ 60s advice from singer Robert Plant, who was also romantically linked to Farrelly’s wife. On a double date, his wife and her companion went outside for a cigarette break, and the director asked for titles of films that were still relatively new to an American public movie audience, as well as which songs he thought would work well with them.
Green Book film was widely recognized as a breakthrough in travel guides. “The Hateful Eight “received the Directors Guild of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement in Motion Pictures, the PGA (Producers Guild of America) award for Outstanding Motion Picture, and was recognized as one of the ten best films of 2018 by the AFI. The film also won for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards, for its brilliant script, which included a nomination for Best Original and Best Supporting Actor. Ali was nominated for all three of the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards for best-supporting actor.
The film premiered in Asia on September 11, 2018, while it premiered at the 29th New Orleans Film Festival on October 17, 2018, and had a full presentation at the BFI London Film Festival on November 9, 2018. On November 16, the film began a limited release in the United States; on November 21, it went wide. Had the film’s release date originally been set for March 21st, it would instead premiere on the 23rd (Ning, 2020). The production studio invested a total of $37.5 million on printing and promotion. In the United States and Canada, the film grossed $85 million, on a budget of $23 million, while earning $236.7 million. Green Book was a hit around the world, especially in China, where it opened to $17.3 million and finished second behind Titanic (1997).
This film earned a score of 7.2 out of 10, on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The film has an approval rating of 78% with a count of 357 and a rank of 15th (Ning, 2020). A surprising journey, set on more bumpy terrain than you would expect, entertains with Peter Farrelly’s adept use of music and matching acting talents. On Metacritic, the movie ratings have a rating of 69 out of 100, indicating good reviews. “As per CinemaScore, most audiences gave the film an” A “to” F “rating, with at least 80% saying they would recommend it.
Green Book. (2018, November 16). Green book (2018). IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6966692
Ning, Y. (2020, April). Culture Components in the Film Green Book. In International Conference on Mental Health and Humanities Education (ICMHHE 2020) (pp. 18-20). Atlantis Press.
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