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‘Green Book’ Sees an Unlikely Friendship Form in America’s Deep South

Peter Farrelly’s Green Book follows an unlikely friendship form on a road trip through America’s deep south during the racially charged 1960’s.

Viggo Mortensen plays Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer who becomes a driver for the African-American classical pianist, Don Shirley, played by Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali.

From opposing worlds, the two characters form a friendship as they travel through the racially tense American south.

The film looks to tackle sensitive themes such as the treatment of African-Americans during that infamous period in America’s culture.

But also more positive themes like friendship and the co-existence between two invariably different cultures and personalities.

It definitely looks like the kind of film that could do well in awards-season.

Mortensen and Ali appear to be in top form performance-wise and seem to share a great chemistry between them.

Ali recently won the Best Actor Oscar for his work in 2016’s Moonlightand twice Oscar-nominated Mortensen was recently seen in the outstanding Captain Fantastic (2016).

Director Peter Farrelly, most known for his co-directing work on comedies like Dumb and Dumber (1994)Me, Myself & Irene (2000) and Hall Pass (2000) takes his first turn at directing a drama here.

However, there’s definitely some humour in this film, so it should work on multiple fronts.

Green Book is due out in cinemas on 24 January 2019.

Check out the first trailer below.

Nick Janks