Green Book, A Movie We All Need To Take Notes From

Film "Green Book" starring Academy winner Mahershala Ali as Donald Shirley and Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip Vallelonga is one of the finest movies of year 2018. And not just for the powerful quotes or performances. It is for the true friendship between two people who have nothing in common. And through the most testing times. That this movie is based on real life incidents, just makes it all the more magnificent. 

   Movie Review- Green Book

   Director- Peter Farrelly

   Production Company- Universal Pictures

   Writer- Nick Vallelonga, Peter Farrelly, Brian Currie

   KetchupMoms Rating - 4/5 

   Ratings - PG 13

             Watching Green movie, was like we had been through the dark chapters of human behaviour only to step into the warmest Christmas get together.

When we picked the tickets for the movie 'Green Book', we did not have too many expectations. When we walked out of the theatre one and half hour later we felt enriched. Watching Green movie, was like we had been through the dark chapters of human behaviour only to step into the warmest Christmas get together. This movie needs to top your list of must watch from 2018. 

   Interesting Fact:

This movie has been co-produced and co-written by Tony Vallelonga's son. And is based on real life friendship between Tony and Donald. 

Film Green Book, charters a road-trip that Jamaican-American classical pianist Donald Shirley had to undertake for his 1962 concert tour.  Italian-American chauffeur Tony Vallelonga, was hired by him for his reputation of smooth-talking out of any situation. And for an added sense of security while scooting through towns where Afro Americans were totally unwelcome. Yes, this movie is based in 1962. 

The title is a strong reference to a travel guide - The Negro Motorist Green Book, published first time in 1936. Sadly, this book was an outcome of the racism that Afro Americans faced back then. On the brighter side, Harlem postal worker named Victor Hugo Green put this guide together so Afro Americans could travel across America and enjoy a 'vacation without aggravation'. 

              Watching Green movie, was like we had been through the dark chapters of human behaviour only to step into the warmest Christmas get together.

   The Story- 

The movie is set in the background of the racism and slavery in the 1960's. It takes you on a road-trip with a working class Italian American 'Lip', who even dumps the water glasses used by Afro Americans in his house. And a world renowned Pianist, Dr. Don Shirley who is celebrated for his music. But is neither welcome to break bread with the whites, nor use the same washrooms as them. These two come together to ensure a safe and successful concert tour for Don from Manhattan to the deep South. And end up becoming friends for a lifetime. 

It proves to be a life changing trip for Tony who finally sees racism for what it is. Dr. Shirley finally bares himself when he says 'I am not black enough for black, and not white enough for white'. He also takes a stand for himself when he finally refuses to play in a restaurant, where he is refused a table. 

   Five powerful quotes from Green Book:

- Tony Lip: How does he smile and shake their hands like that?
Oleg: Because it takes courage to change people’s hearts.

                  Watching Green movie, was like we had been through the dark chapters of human behaviour only to step into the warmest Christmas get together.


- Don Shirley: So if I’m not black enough and if I’m not white enough, then tell me, Tony, what am I?


- Don Shirley: [to Tony] You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity.

           Watching Green movie, was like we had been through the dark chapters of human behaviour only to step into the warmest Christmas get together.


- Tony Lip: I didn't like the way he was treatin' you.

Don Shirley: I've had to endure that my entire life. You should be able to take it for at least one night

        Watching Green movie, was like we had been through the dark chapters of human behaviour only to step into the warmest Christmas get together.


- Tony - Lip: Tell me that don't smell good?
Don Shirley: I've never had fried chicken in my life.
Tony Lip: You people love the fried chicken.
Don Shirley: You have a very narrow assessment of me, Tony.
Tony Lip: Yeah, right. I'm good.

           Watching Green movie, was like we had been through the dark chapters of human behaviour only to step into the warmest Christmas get together.

At KetchupMoms we suggest you watch it today.

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Comments (7)

Deepa Shri Rajan Posted on Dec 01, 2018

Glad that I dropped in here. Definitely going to watch this movie. They way you have written it is making me to go and watch it

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Deepa Posted on Nov 30, 2018

That\'s a great review and the movie sounds fun too. The theme of friends got me interested and will surely try and watch it.

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Gurjeet Chhabra Posted on Nov 30, 2018

it sounds interesting movie, I never saw any racism movie and that end up by becoming a lifetime friend. I love this line \'I am not black enough for black, and not white enough for white\'.

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Jhilmil Bhansali Posted on Nov 30, 2018

How powerful this movie seems to be, the quotes justify that it is a must watch for various human behaviours.

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Sandy N Vyjay Posted on Nov 30, 2018

The Green Books seems to be a poignant and power-packed movie. Will definitely catch it whenever I can. Thanks for the review.

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Seema Wadhwa Posted on Nov 30, 2018

I hadn\'t heard about this movie until \r\nI stumbled upon your article and i\'m so glad I did! This does seem worthy of a watch. I especially liked the 5 powerful quotes, they are so much depth and meaning to it.

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Noor Anand Chawla Posted on Nov 29, 2018

Sounds like an excellent film. I will definitely watch it soon. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and review here.

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Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

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