I watched Green Book not because of the Academy Award wins, but because it looked good back when I first saw the previews.
After winning the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Original Screenplay, I jumped to the conclusion that it was all because Hollywood is politically correct. I assumed the film was going to be quite preachy and left-wing.
While it clearly has a message, it is not a bad message. I have never had a problem with equality – my problem was with being told what to think, and being told that because I am a white heterosexual male, I am the enemy. Green Book did not take that approach.
It is a throwback to what appears to be long-forgotten days… the days when a film simply told a good story. Like It’s a Wonderful Life, Green Book has a wonderful message. Like so many good movies, the message is in the story – not in an agenda.
I also have to point out that despite a solid message in a very serious film, Green Book is funny. I laughed out loud so many times while watching.
It has been a long time since I have watched a drama so well written. I hate to admit it because all awards shows have become nothing more than a circle-jerk of Hollywood virtue signalling – but I think they got it right this time. (Okay, I could have agreed with this or Bohemian Rhapsody taking the win.)
by Chris Doelle
Rating 9 of 10