Green Book ★★★★

If you told me that one of the sweetest drama’s of 2018 would end up being directed by one half of the Farrelly brothers then I’d probably have laughed more than I did at their outrageous comedies, Dumb & Dumber and There’s Something About Mary. Needless to say, Green Book resonated quite strongly with me and was a genuine surprise in how competent Peter Farrelly was at directing a heartfelt true-story. It has been likened to Bruce Beresford’s 1989 Oscar winner Driving Miss Daisy and it’s certainly not difficult to see the comparison but where this film greatly benefitted from was it’s marvellous chemistry and interplay between its principal characters. As awards season heats up, we’re hearing a lot about the work of Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali and all the plaudits are very well deserved. With some narrative missteps along the way, it’s the work of these two actors that really hold this film together. It’s hard to imagine that throughout Mortensen’s body of work, he’s never really attempted a blue collar Italian-American before and now we have it, it’s proof that he really is one of the best actors around at present. He’s especially wonderful in this film (as well as being adept with his comic timing).