Controversially discussed Oscar winner: The best film of 2018 will only run tomorrow on Netflix – cinema news

For some the prime example of feel-good cinema, for others questionable – that is “Green Book”. Until September 25, 2020 you can still convince yourself of last year’s Oscar winner with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali on Netflix.

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When Peter Farrelly, known for comedies like “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary”, was on the mat with his new film in 2018, few would have expected that the comedy ace would shortly afterwards be a two-time Oscar winner ( for best screenplay and best film). But then came “Green Book – A Special Friendship” – which was not only a success at the Academy Awards, but also at the box office (worldwide gross: 321.8 million dollars).

And Netflix probably did well to get the hit directly into the program. Because even if the streaming giant likes to be stingy with official figures, the film should have reached many people in the home cinema. If you still have the unseen film on your watch list, you should hurry now:

Green Book is only available on Netflix until September 25, 2020.

This is Green Book

That’s what it’s about: “Green Book” tells the story of Italian-American Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), who works odd jobs in the USA in the 1960s to keep his head above water until one day he receives a tempting offer: he is to become Dr. Chauffeur Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) across the States and accompany him on his tour.

The only problem: Shirley is black. Because not only is Tony not exactly enthusiastic about it, the two expect long-established racism, especially in the southern states. But Tony agrees – and in the fight against discrimination, a very special friendship soon develops between the two opposite men.

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The FILMSTARTS conclusion: Peter Farrelly pushes the right buttons to offer his audience old-school feel-good cinema entertainment that is both touching and entertaining. It is above all the stars Marhershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen who, with their sympathetic game, become bearers of hope in a world where friendship between black and white people is not a matter of course even 50 years later.

The “Green Book” controversy

Like many viewers, we were able to gain a lot from Peter Farrelly’s Oscar winner. This is supported by 4 out of 5 possible stars in the FILMSTARTS review, and “Green Book” ended up on three top 10 lists of 2019 within the editorial team – including from the author of these lines.

At the same time, however, criticism was also voiced in many places. The main focus was on the question of how much of the story actually happened, as well as the debate that it was just another story of racism that was based on an awakening experience of a white man, a so-called “White Savior”. is told.

Spike Lee – one of the most well-known Black filmmakers, whose film based on true events “BlacKkKlansman” was also nominated – was visibly angry at the awards ceremony with the “Green Book” victory and even refused the applause. And there was also plenty of criticism on the internet:

Of course, it’s always best if you get your own impression of the film – for example until tomorrow on Netflix.

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