Preview, Viggo discovers racial injustice, and laughs, Driving Mr. Shirley in “Green Book”

True story — classical pianist Don Shirley had a white tough-guy bouncer-type driver behind the wheel of his Caddy as he toured the segregated South of the 1960s.

They followed the “Green Book” of places that accepted black patronage — hotels, restaurants, etc., as they toured. And sometimes, the Green Book was no help at all, so a guy’s gotta get tough, you dig?

In this Peter Farrelly (The “serious” half of the Farrelly Brothers?) film,  Mahershala Ali of “Moonlight” is Shirley, and Viggo Mortensen is Tony Lip, the guy doing to the driving.

Might this Universal pic set for Thanksgiving release be Oscar bait? It’s happened before. The KFC jokes blend easily with the injustice that Tony Lip has his eyes opened to, and the innate “dignity” of a great musician breaking great music to white audiences more used to seeing people like him in waiter’s uniforms in this trailer.



About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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