‘Spider-Man’ Soars To $35m In Mixed Weekend: Box Office Report

Written by Dapo Olowu

After two weeks of no new major releases, we’d be forgiven for expecting ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ to open big this Box Office weekend, or at least break the $40m barrier.

Still, it swung in at $35.4m, meaning it takes the record as December’s biggest ever animated start anyway, beating out the likes of ‘Sing’ from 2016 ($35.3m). ‘Sing’ makes for an apt comparison – its $75m budget is just a shade under ‘Spider-Man’s $90m, and the musical’s eventual $270.4m domestic finish potentially signals a long, leggy ‘Jumanji’-like run for the Sony animation.

For such a run to be had, however, ‘Spider-Man’ must benefit from overwhelmingly positive word of mouth reviews – which it has in excess. Boasting 97% on the Tomatometer and an A+ on Cinemascore, the film, which stars the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld and others, could breakout in coming weekends, although heavy competition in the form of ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Bumblebee’ should definitely stifle its attempts.

Internationally, ‘Spider-Man’ earned $21m from 44 markets, yet won’t be making the front pages just yet, due to the continued runaway success of Warner Bros’ ‘Aquaman’, which brought in a whopping $126.4m in its second weekend overseas.

To date, its non-U.S. total stands at $261.3m, and includes a DCEU-record $190m from China. To put this into perspective, it’s already Warner Bros’ second biggest film there ever (after ‘Ready Player One’), and only ‘Age of Ultron’, ‘Venom’, and ‘Infinity War’ stand in its way of becoming the country’s biggest superhero movie of all time.

With its U.S. release perfectly timed for this coming Friday, we could genuinely see ‘Aquaman’ swim to levels never before seen by the DCEU, and could even hit the $1bn mark.

With much smaller ambitions comes Clint Eastwood’s crime drama ‘The Mule’, which opened to a solid $17.5m. It’s an opening that marks Eastwood’s 5th biggest as a director, and 3rd biggest as an actor (inflation aside), as well as his biggest of the year, comfortably seeing out his February effort ’The 15:17 to Paris’ ($12.6m).

While many may balk at its seemingly pricey $50m production cost, Eastwood and those over at WB will be quietly optimistic at the potential for it grow in coming weekends, as it looks to appeal to a crowd uninterested in upcoming (and current) major action blockbusters. Its A- on Cinemascore implies a film highly-rated among audiences that were practically all (88%) over the age of 25, so perhaps we may see a ‘Book Club’-type performance here.

It wasn’t all good news in the Box Office, however. Universal’s ‘Mortal Engines’, the YA steampunk dystopian adaptation of the 2001 novel, failed to get started at the domestic Box Office, spluttering in with a miserable $7.6m.

Two things of note here: firstly, that ‘Mortal Engines’ has somehow outdone ‘Robin Hood’ as the flop of the season, and secondly, that Universal and co. decided it wise to spend $100m+ on a YA dystopian, as if ‘The Darkest Minds’, ‘The 5th Wave’, and ‘Allegiant’ haven’t already put the struggling genre out of its misery in recent memory. Regardless, it’ll be a real surprise to see this one reach $30m, or even be around by early January.

Finally, in the battle for 10th spot between ‘Green Book’, Deadpool-lite ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’, and ‘The Favourite’, it was ‘Green Book’ who prevailed and kept its place in the ranks, earning $2.8m in its 5th weekend of release.

Next weekend sees ‘Aquaman’ come up against the might of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘Bumblebee’. Can the latter cause an upset, or will Warner Bros earn its 10th chart-topper of the year? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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The Smallest Weekend Of The Year Sees ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Score A Hattrick with $16m: Box Office Report

It was always going to be a small weekend.

Friday to Sunday in the Box Office sphere saw just $84.5m grossed from 87 movies across the United States, and was topped by three-time winner ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ with $16.3m. Only two films in 2018 have stayed at number 1 in the Box Office charts for longer than ‘Ralph’, and both – ‘Black Panther’ (5 weekends) and ‘Jumanji’ (4 weekends) – became Box Office behemoths in the process.

Ralph’ won’t be following in their footsteps, as its three-peat is the result of a severe lack of Box Office competition than a record-breaking opening or an incredibly leggy run. Although it won’t tip Disney’s balance sheet like ‘Black Panther’ did, it does, however, stand at a respectable $141m after 3 weekends.

Internationally, it added an extra $18m for a worldwide total of $258.9m, and should top ‘Wreck-It Ralph’s $471.2m global gross by the end of December.

All seems well for those at Disney, although the lingering fear that ‘Ralph’s $175m price-tag may harm the potential of theatrical profitability is only heightened by comparisons to ‘The Grinch’, who, after earning $15m this weekend, becomes the 6th biggest domestic film of the year with $222.3m in the bank ($325.2m globally).

This retelling of Dr. Seuss’ ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’, produced by ‘Minions’ helmers Illumination, cost $100m less than ‘Ralph’ and sits comfortably behind ‘Incredibles 2’ as the second biggest animated film of the year.

Both studios take vastly different approaches to their productions, with Disney’s focus on improvements in picture quality resulting in ballooning budgets and giant break-even numbers. This may work when ‘Incredibles 2’ earned $1.2bn off of a $200m production cost, but for the smaller releases like ‘Ralph’, it’s the Illumination model that shines the brightest.

Next is MGM’s ‘Creed II’, earning $10m for 3rd place, ahead of ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ ($7m) and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ ($6.1m). A 40% drop edges it ever closer to the century mark domestically, and just $13m away from reaching ‘Creed’s total gross. Its sights are firmly set on ‘Rocky IV’s $127.9m domestic total however, which still stands as the biggest boxing movie gross in U.S. history, 33 years after its release. It’s a title ‘Creed II’ should definitely win, although upsets do happen.

Finally, last weekend’s lonely newcomer ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ brought in $3.2m from Friday to Sunday, leaving it on a respectable $11.5m gross overall.

The quiet before the storm; this weekend was the last without any new wide releases before next week’s onslaught. Who is going to suffer the most when 3 new films come into play next weekend? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

 

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‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Goes For The Hattrick With $15m Weekend: Box Office Predictions

Written by Dapo Olowu

There won’t be any new major releases troubling the Box Office weekend, clearing the way for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ to top the charts for the third consecutive time.

Only fellow-Disney release, ‘Black Panther’, and Sony’s ‘Jumanji’ have stayed at number 1 for longer this year, but ‘Ralph’s forecasted $14.8m will be the 2nd lowest weekend winner of 2018, after ‘Jumanji’s $10.9m saw it beat out ‘Maze Runner 3’ and ‘Winchester’ in early February.

It’s also a gross that’ll draw ‘Ralph’ to within inches of a $140m total, just $4m behind 2016’s ‘Moana’ (another Disney Thanksgiving treat) at the same point in its run, with a view to earning around $220m by the time it ends in cinemas.

That, of course, far exceeds ‘Wreck-It Ralph’s $189.4m domestic total from 2012, but this won’t be the only sequel of the weekend looking to improve upon its predecessor’s success, as ‘Creed II’s $10m weekend should edge it over the $100m domestic mark, leaving the film just a few million short of ‘Creed’s $109.8m total.

Already the 9th biggest boxing movie in U.S. history (after only 17 days in release), the drama should leapfrog ‘Million Dollar Baby’ into 5th spot by Sunday night, with its sights firmly set on ‘Rocky IV’. Reaching the record-holder’s $127.9m gross will surely make for an exciting title fight in itself.

Before ‘Creed II’ this weekend comes ‘The Grinch’, which looks to gross $12m to continue what’s been an impressive Box Office performance so far. Seeing off family-friendly competition in ‘Ralph’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ (the latter will continue its dizzying drop with a $5.7m weekend) has seen the film rise up the ranks as one of the biggest domestic hits of the year.

Specifically, ‘The Grinch’ sits in 10th place behind ‘Venom’ and ‘Solo’ in 9th and 8th respectively, and in a few days will pass not only them in the yearly list, but also ‘The Lorax’ as Illumination’s 7th biggest film. Reaching ‘Despicable Me’ in 6th with $251.5m, however, may be a step too far for the Seuss-adaptation, which will likely finish in the $240m region.

Finally, last weekend’s only newbie ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ won’t be terrorizing its audience for much longer, dropping by over 50% to gross $3m, passing the $10m domestic mark in the process.

Next week sees our films, after two empty weekends, come up against ‘Mortal Engines’, ‘The Mule’, and ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’. How will they fair in the face of actual competition? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’s $25m Weekend Makes It 14 Number 1’s In 2018 For Disney: Box Office Report

Written by Dapo Olowu

Just the one wide release this weekend in ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ meant that ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ faced little in the way of competition, ending Sunday night atop the Box Office charts.

Its $25.6m gross was a little on the low side of our $30m forecast, giving it a domestic total of $119.1m – now behind ‘Moana’ in the same point in its run ($119.8m), but ahead of ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ by almost $20m at the same stage. ‘Moana’, of course, went on to earn a remarkable $248.8m stateside, while ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ grossed $189.4m in 2012.

Ralph Breaks the Internet’s weekend marked Disney’s 14th Box Office #1 of 2018 from just 5 films (afterBlack Panther’, ‘Infinity War’, ‘Solo’, andAnt-Man 2’), leaving the studio well clear of nearest competitors Universal and Warner Bros, who both boast 9 weekend winners apiece.

Just 4 weekends remain until 2018 draws to a close, and Disney aren’t finished yet, with ‘Ralph’ looking for a 3rd straight win in a week’s time, and ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ opening on the 19th. Internationally, ‘Ralph’ made $33.7m from 27 countries, including snatching first place in the U.K. This gives the film a worldwide total of $207.1m after just 2 weeks in release, with more to come by the end of the year.

There was a closer fight than expected for second place, involving ‘The Grinch’ and MGM’s ‘The Creed II’. ‘The Grinch’ ultimately won this round, earning $17.9m against ‘Creed II’s $16.6m, but the latter can take solace from the fact that it’s just $20m away from passing the century mark domestically, $30m away from beating its predecessor ‘Creed’s domestic total, and $50m away from becoming the biggest boxing movie in U.S. history.

The Grinch’, meanwhile, crossed $200m in the U.S, sneaking in at 10 on the biggest grossing films of the year list with $203.7m. Now in its 4th weekend, it’s survived threats from ‘Ralph’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ and can now look to establish itself as the year’s second-biggest animated hit, behind the record-breaking ‘Incredibles 2’.

Finally, the only new release of the weekend came from Sony, as ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ haunted audiences across the States to earn an impressive $6.4m from just 2,000 cinemas. Its 17% on the Tomatometer and C- on Cinemascore hint at a film that wasn’t adored by critics or audiences alike, but from just a $9.5m budget, its reception may not prove to be as important when its run is over.

With ‘The Grinch’ working its way into the top ten domestic hits of the year, can it stay there once ‘Aquaman’, ‘Mary Poppins’, and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ come around? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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‘Creed II’ Goes For The Title Whilst ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Remains Top In Slow Weekend: Box Office Predictions

Written by Dapo Olowu

As the tumbleweed rolls through this barren Box Office weekend, you may be forgiven for asking why just 1 film is opening wide on Friday (and none 7 days later). The post-Thanksgiving weekend is one of historical dryness – this time last year saw 0 films open in over 600 cinemas, although it did welcome the release of award-fodder ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ in a few theatres each.

Why? The mid-December onslaught, which in 2018 includes ‘Aquaman’, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Bumblebee’, and ‘Mary Poppins Returns amongst many others, leaves studios in a difficult scheduling position, where they’re forced to contend with both the Thanksgiving’s leftovers, as well as the upcoming competition.

Leaving this release date alone is almost always preferred – the 2-week theatrical guarantee means that most big films have a fortnight in the cinemas before their screen counts drop. Of course, this would swallow up most releases in the upcoming weekend, leaving Sony’s low-budget horror ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ as the only new film to torment cinemagoers from around 2,000 theatres. The film follows the story of an ‘exorcism gone wrong’, and stars Shay Mitchell (‘Pretty Little Liars’), Shana Katic (‘Castle’), and Grey Damon (‘Aquarius’).

Much like 2016s ‘Incarnate’, which opened to $2.5m on its way to a $4.8m domestic finish, ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ won’t seriously trouble many in the top ten, and its forecasted $2.6m gross may even be too optimistic, as the strong Thanksgiving weekend holdovers will leave this supernatural thriller needing more than just some holy water.

Ralph Breaks the Internet’, last weekend’s winner, will remain on top, pulling in a solid $30m to bring its domestic total close to $120m. Although its ahead of both ‘Coco’ and ‘Moana’ at the same point in their runs, ‘Ralph 2’ will be lucky to finish close to the latter’s $248.8m total – sequel-itis can be unforgiving. The front-loaded nature of franchises can be seen with ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’, which will struggle to reach a $200m domestic total (while ‘FB1’ hit $234m). The ‘Harry Potter’ spinoff should earn around $15m this weekend for 4th place.

The same can’t be said for ‘Creed II’ however, who after less than 2 weeks of release is just $40m off ‘Creed’s entire domestic gross. The film stands currently bells in as the 10th biggest boxing film in U.S. history, and an $18m this weekend gross will see it leapfrog predecessor ‘Rocky Balboa’ into 9th spot. The fighter student has become the master trainer, it seems, but Michael B. Jordan and co. won’t be stopping here, as its sights are fittingly set on ‘Rocky IV’s record $127.9m total. Whether or not it’ll deliver that knock-out gross, we’ll see.

The DiCaprio-produced ‘Robin Hood’ gets an honourable mention here too, as it grasps to remain in the top ten. A film likely to litter many a ‘Box Office Bombs of 2018’ list (including ours), its $3.9m weekend should see it pass the $20m mark domestically but not much else, with a likely finish of $30m in store.

In a more uneventful Box Office weekend, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ has the opportunity to extend its stronghold, while ‘Creed II’ has eyes on the title belt. Will the latter make it, and will ‘Ralph 2’ best that of ‘Coco’ and ‘Moana’? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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‘Creed II’ And ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Triumph, But ‘Robin Hood’ Falls On Its Sword In Record Thanksgiving Weekend (Box Office Report)

Written by Dapo Olowu

2018’s Box Office continues to deliver the goods, this time in the form of a record-breaking Thanksgiving holiday led by the impressive performances of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and ‘Creed II’.

Both films finished the 5-day holiday weekend with a combined $140m, which contributed heavily to the record $314m total – besting 2013s $294m, which included the still-standing record opening for ‘Frozen’ ($93.6m), and record gross for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ ($109.9m).

Still, this time around gave us ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, which warmed the hearts (and wallets) of cinemagoers and earned a smashing $84.8m, including $56.2m from Friday to Sunday. It becomes the second biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time, beating out the likes of Disney companions ‘Coco’ ($72.9m) and ‘Moana’ ($82.1m), and now stands as the 13th time Disney’s topped the charts this year (from only 5 films).

Creed II’ was equally as impressive, with its $56m 5-day gross becoming the 7th biggest Thanksgiving opening ever, and the holiday’s largest live-action release of all time. The records don’t stop, as the film’s Friday to Sunday gross of $35.6m means it’s the biggest ever opening for a sports drama – beating 2009s ‘The Blind Side’ ($34.1m).

It marks Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and Sylvester Stallone’s (cameos included) 2nd biggest openings ever, considering all 3’s ventures into the high-earning world of the MCU. Produced on a $50m budget, the sequel to 2015s ‘Creed’ sees Adonis Creed (Jordan) face Viktor Drago, son of Ivan, who famously killed his father in ‘Rocky IV’.

Internationally, while ‘Creed II’ only entered the U.S. market this weekend, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ saw its audiences just as enthusiastic, earning $19.5m from China on its way to a $41.5m start. From just 19 countries, its worldwide total currently stands at a strong $127m.

This year’s Thanksgiving turkey goes to ‘Robin Hood’, which was put to the sword with a paltry $14.3m in its first 5 days. It somehow managed to gross below last year’s bomb ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’s 3-day $15.4m opening, and its $9.2m Friday to Sunday will ensure the film goes down as one of the Box Office flops of the year.

It doesn’t get any better, as its 14% on Rotten Tomatoes should stop any chances of a semi-decent Box Office run dead in its tracks, and its international start consisting of just $1.7m from the U.K. and only $7m from 32 other countries means it hasn’t taken well across the globe. Distributing studio Lionsgate, it seems, have finished the year with a whimper, and not a roar.

The final 2 wide releases this weekend came in the form of ‘Green Book’, a critically-acclaimed biopic starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, and Jason Reitman’s ‘The Front Runner’, starring Hugh Jackman. It was a case of opposite fortunes, as ‘Green Book’ over-delivered on its expectations with $7.5m from just 1,000 cinemas, while ‘The Front Runner’ floundered with a poor $888k, for a total of just $1.1m.

It was a memorable Thanksgiving weekend, with records broken and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and ‘Creed II’ impressing. Will both films go onto beat their predecessors, or will sequel-itis strike again? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ And ‘Creed 2’ To Feast On A Record-Breaking Thanksgiving Weekend

Written by Dapo Olowu

We’re in for a record-breaking Box Office treat this Thanksgiving weekend, with five (yes, five) new releases wetting the appetites of cinemagoers across the United States. The five-day holiday period kicked off on Wednesday and saw ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, the sequel to 2012s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, fight it out against ‘Rocky’ spinoff ‘Creed 2’ with a Thanksgiving record Tuesday preview gross of $3.8m, just ahead of ‘Creed 2’s $3.7m.

Questions were being asked about Disney’s decision to spend $175m on a sequel over 6 years after ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ flattered to deceive in the Box Office. Its so-so $49m opening in November 2012, followed by a $189.4m domestic finish (and $471.2m worldwide gross) off the back of a $165m budget leaves it just 46th on the all-time biggest domestic animated films, and doesn’t even crack the top 50 worldwide.

Ralph Breaks the Internet’s preview gross however shows an audience whose anticipation has sky-rocketed in the half-decade since, with critical reception equaling the lofty heights the first film set. The sequel sees the return of the beloved voices of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, alongside newbies Gal Gadot and Taraji P. Henson. Director Rich Moore returns to the chair and shares the credit with ‘Zootopia’ writer Phil Johnston.

Disney aims to top the Thanksgiving Box Office charts for the third year in a row, with ‘Moana’ ($56.6m) and ‘Coco’ ($50.8m) providing a glimpse into the potential Box Office prowess of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’. A $60m 3-day gross, just $7m short of the Thanksgiving record set by Frozen in 2013, and an $84m 5-day total won’t necessarily see Ralph break the internet, but it’ll get mightily close to doing so.

Steven Caple Jr.’s ‘Creed 2’ won’t go down without a fight however. Its $3.7m Tuesday preview gross more than doubles the first’s $1.4m 3 years ago. The lack of Coogler isn’t dampening the excitement either – its Cinemascore of A is the best of the new releases this holiday period.

The film sees Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), son of deceased Apollo, facing off against the son of his father’s killer, Viktor Drago. Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Rocky Balboa in the last film, returns alongside Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad.

It won’t just be Adonis facing a title bid. ‘Creed 2’s forecasted $39m 3-day start will see it break ‘The Blind Side’s $34.1m opening record for a sports movie, and even drawing it close to ‘Creed’s 5-day $42m Thanksgiving start. While ‘Creed’ made a total of $109.8m domestically and $173.6m worldwide in 2015, its sequel has ambitions of breaking the $200m global mark, becoming studio MGM’s biggest hit since 2008s ‘Valkyrie’.

Not all films are eating well this Thanksgiving, however, with Lionsgate’s ‘Robin Hood’ feeding off of Box Office scraps. An estimated $14m 3-day gross doesn’t seem too problematic on the surface, but its bloated $100m budget means that any hopes of the film turning a profit remain as mythical as Robin Hood himself.

Being produced by one of the world’s greatest actors in Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t seemed to aid the film critically either, as its paltry 11% on Rotten Tomatoes diminishes all hopes of a leggy Box Office run. Opening in just 2,800 cinemas is possibly the icing on the cake for the latest iteration of the British legend, which sees Taron Egerton play Robin of Loxley, Jamie Foxx as Little John, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, and Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The final two new releases this Thanksgiving holiday come in the form of Oscar hopeful ‘Green Book’ and Hugh Jackman-fronted ‘The Front Runner’. Both are coming off the backs of limited releases, but while ‘Green Book’ may break into the top ten with a 3-day gross close to $5m, ‘The Front Runner’ will be D.O.A., earning just $1m in its 3rd weekend.

We’re likely to see the biggest Thanksgiving weekend ever by Sunday night – propelled by the efforts of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and ‘Creed 2’. However, will ‘Robin Hood’ exceed expectations, or hinder this weekend’s potential record-breaking efforts? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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LFF 2018: Green Book

Year: 2018
Directed by: Peter Farrelly
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini, Mahershala Ali

Written by Sarah Buddery

To the surprise of everyone (who was able to avoid social media at least!) the surprise film at London Film Festival this year was Green Book; the Peter Farrelly (Yes, a Farrelly brother) directed film based on the true story of musician Don Shirley.

With the leading roles played by two actors synonymous with awards success – Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen – those in the know were already expecting great things from this film, and to those who perhaps were less aware, this film did indeed turn out to be a surprise in more ways than one.

Anchored by two fantastic leading performances, Green Book is a heartfelt, charming, and endlessly watchable film about friendship, differences, race, music, and family. A possibly strange comparison to make but it comes across as a slightly higher calibre Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Ali and Mortensen having a natural “odd couple” friendship, and with the plot focused towards making it home in time for the Holidays evoking the spirit of the aforementioned 1987 comedy classic.

What Green Book has that gives it the edge, however, is much greater thematic richness, and whilst on the surface level it is an odd couple-road movie, the issues of race and identity are also explored in beautiful ways. Don Shirley (Ali) is an enigmatic character, but behind the outward displays of wealth is a man whose music is considered “too white” to those of his shared heritage, and the colour of his skin is something which still leads to him being openly discriminated against. The “green book” of the title refers to the guide that Mortensen’s driver to Shirley, Tony, is handed, which provides guidance on appropriate hotels and restaurants that Shirley would be welcomed into.

Initially, Tony is seen as quite prejudiced and it is his journey throughout this film is an incredibly interesting one. Both characters in fact have arcs that are incredibly different, yet they tie so beautifully together in tandem, with a certain musicality that seems fitting for the subject matter. Tony is a tough guy, a family man, but also a man who fails to see a world much beyond his locale. Don, on the other hand, is well travelled, but also incredibly closed off to those around him. He gives off the air of someone who doesn’t want to open up to people and would much prefer to keep himself to himself.

Of course with a film like this there is some degree of predictability. We know the characters are going to see some growth and change throughout the course of the film, barriers will be broken down, and they’ll emerge on the other side as changed men. However, despite all of that, Green Book remains incredibly charming throughout. There is a bounce and an exuberance to the film, with a natural chemistry between the two leads. It really is impossible not to fall in love with this film.

Mahershala Ali, building on his incredible performance in Moonlight, gives probably the best performance of his career so far. There is such preciseness to his movements and facial expressions, and it takes a great deal of skill to make a character which initially seems so cold, to be instantly likeable. Viggo Mortensen is transformative in the role of Tony, fully embracing the brashness and larger than life persona of the character he is playing, and it is simply a joy to watch the two of them together.

Bolstered by incredible performances, wonderful chemistry, and thematic richness, Green Book is one of the best feel-good films you will see all year. It’ll warm your heart and help you to see the goodness and joy there is in the world. And frankly, that’s something we all need right now.

SARAH’S VERDICT:

4-5

Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali Star In First Trailer For Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’

“When Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer with a seventh-grade education, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on the “Negro Motorist Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for Blacks. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.”

Directed by: Peter Farrelly

Cast:  Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini,

Release Date: February 8th, 2019