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  • DCurrie
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    WOW! Awesome review, sir1

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    What a film. Green Book is PHENOMENAL. The performances, the script, the music. One of the best buddy comedy roadtrip dramedies in a long while. My film of the year, and judging from the bonkers crowd reaction, it will be for many people. It’s a bonified crowd pleaser, and boy will it be huge. HUGE!

    I was absolutely transfixed by Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. You will not find better chemistry like that this year. No way. They own these roles, and deliver incredible performances.

    As a black man, i was worried about the alledged “poor handling of racial issues” that some critics are making a fuss about. While the film does reinforce several stereotypes, the second half of the film completely shatters them. There is nothing racist about the script. It’s a film about the 60’s. Portrayed beautifully and honestly.

    Green Book teaches us we can overcome prejudice, and accept one another. And that is extremely topical, especially right now with everything going on.

    Ali is probably winning his second Supporting Actor Oscar for this. And if there is any justice, Viggo Mortensen should win his first Oscar as well. Because my goodness, he is incredible.

    this is a great summation, thank you! do you think it’ll compete in drama or comedy? after all the switching around with categories for some features, I’m starting to wonder if we’re going to see titles like Vice and maybe this one in drama.

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    Eddy Q
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    I see Thelonius Monk Jazz Piano Competition winner Kris Bowers wrote the score. To those who’ve seen this film, how is the music? I’m wondering if what Ali’s character plays is original material or popular tunes, or a mixture of both, and how that might affect the film’s eligibility for Best Original Score.

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    Music’s great. This is such feel-good movie, you like everything about. The best comparison would be The King’s Speech. Mortensen is Firth and Ali is Rush. And just like Rush, Ali’s a co-lead and even though he should be campaigned as leading, the’ll push him supporting. I wouldn’t be shocked one bit if it did the same what TKS did and won BP and Best Actor. This is basically the same thing.

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    Macca
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    <p>Music’s great. This is such feel-good movie, you like everything about. The best comparison would be The King’s Speech. Mortensen is Firth and Ali is Rush. And just like Rush, Ali’s a co-lead and even though he should be campaigned as leading, the’ll push him supporting. I wouldn’t be shocked one bit if it did the same what TKS did and won BP and Best Actor. This is basically the same thing.</p>

    Times have changed since TKS. Nowadays The Social Network would have flattened the competition. They’ve rewarded a gay black film and a fish-fucking film over more respectable Oscar fare like an LA musical or a WW2 film. Green Book is the Hidden Figures of this year.

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    OneAndOnlyMe.
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    Is it Drama or Comedy?

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    Just saw Green Book – it’s a comedy and a drama, so it could go either way with Globes. Let me start by saying that Mahersala Ali is phenomenal in his CO-LEAD PERFORMANCE, truly remarkable and Oscar-worthy (but for Best Actor). Viggo Mortensen is terrific and excellent too. It’s a two-hander and while everybody else is fine they aren’t well developed beyond the two lead males. the film is visually beautiful and captures 1962 magnificently. The editing is excellent, the script – with minor quibbles – is terrific, esp. the 2nd half of the movie, the music is well utilized, the direction is near-perfect, and the movie is expertly produced. My only minor quibble is that they didn’t explore or explain why Viggo’s character isn’t homophobic? This seemed odd to me. They wouldn’t have to have belabored it but I felt it needed a bit more exploration, it seemed out of character for him.

    I am hoping that critics groups and other awards giving groups ignore the category fraud and place Ali in LEAD ACTOR WHERE HE BELONGS! unfortunately he will likely remain in supporting ):

    As far as Oscar nominations go, I see it being nominated in BP, Best Director for Peter Farrelly, Best Actor for Viggo Mortensen, Best Supporting Actor for Mahersala Ali, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Production Design.

    I don’t think it deserves a SAG ensemble nomination; like La La Land it’s really just two characters (Linda Cardinelli is good but she isn’t in the movie enough to justify nominations for her).

    I think this movie has a great shot at winning Best Picture. Haven’t seen some of the others yet though.

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    I saw this too and I enjoyed it more than Widows. I agree this is a co-lead performance, but I feel Ali shows more range of performance than Mortensen. From Deadline, the BO numbers doesn’t look good. Hopefully more people watching this movie when it goes wide.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    This will kind of be a response to a bunch of questions, but I decided to start with this one. I maybe should not be talking about this, but the film is centered around Mortensen’s character. He is definitely the lead. This is not like a repeat of Moonlight where he is in it for 15 minutes, but Ali is definitely supporting.

    I couldn’t disagree with you more – Ali is definitely a co-lead and belongs in the lead actor category! He (Ali) is NOT supporting in this movie at all. Ali deserves the Best Actor Oscar, he is AMAZING!

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    84% on Rotten Tomatoes

    Am I the only one bothered by this? If it wins Best Picture, it will be the lowest rated winner on RT since Crash (2005). There was something in Green Book that made it divisive.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I wish people would define what they mean by “divisive”? The movie is wonderful. Critics often get movies wrong. In thinking about it I do think that most audiences aren’t interested in the early 1960’s. I have noticed this curious thing about only being interested in one’s own lifetime, with rare exceptions. My memory is that Birdman was at 81% and that won BP. I don’t even know if I will be rooting for it as I have not seen The Favourite or Roma yet, but it would be an excellent BP winner if it does go the distance.

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    Marcus.H
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    84% on Rotten Tomatoes Am I the only one bothered by this? If it wins Best Picture, it will be the lowest rated winner on RT since Crash (2005). There was something in Green Book that made it divisive.

    I still feel really sorry and sad for Brokeback Mountain about losing BP to Crash.  God bless Ang Lee and that wonderful cast.

    Yeah, Green Book dropped from 96% to 84% in just four weeks. I really wonder why…..Isn’t it fantastic?

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    Chris Beachum
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    As mentioned in the Golden Globe thread, the HFPA members have decided Green Book is a comedy and that Viggo is lead; Mahershala is supporting.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Could someone be more specific and let us know exactly what these critics are saying that made the film inexplicably drop from 96% to 84%?

    I remember thinking fleetingly during the movie that audiences might not be interested in a movie set in 1962. I particularly loved the production design, the look of the movie, which was amazing. I wasn’t sure if I would like this movie and I wound up loving it and I know it came together for me at the half way point. The second half is even better than the first half of the movie.

    I personally think that film criticism is at an all-time low with very few trustworthy ones out there. They all seem to march in lock step and do the bidding of their corporate owners these days.

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    Could someone be more specific and let us know exactly what these critics are saying that made the film inexplicably drop from 96% to 84%? I remember thinking fleetingly during the movie that audiences might not be interested in a movie set in 1962. I particularly loved the production design, the look of the movie, which was amazing. I wasn’t sure if I would like this movie and I wound up loving it and I know it came together for me at the half way point. The second half is even better than the first half of the movie. I personally think that film criticism is at an all-time low with very few trustworthy ones out there. They all seem to march in lock step and do the bidding of their corporate owners these days.

    All of the negative reviews that have come in the last couple of weeks pretty much echo this sentiment from A.A. Dowd: “Intentionally or not, it flatters the delusion that racism, in its ugliest form, is more of a past-tense problem.”

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