This was unlikely. I was going to write about something else this morning, but last night was I was browsing through YouTube at various videos when one had an ad pop up first. Normally, I don't pay attention and just look at the little bot that tells when I can click through after about four seconds. For whatever reason, this caught my eye -- and I not only watched for those four seconds, but past. And kept watching. And am posting it here.
It's a trailer for a movie I'd never heard of, that's opening for Thanksgiving. I know next to nothing about it, only this trailer. And it looks absolutely wonderful. The movie is Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. It's written by Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie -- and directed by Peter Farrelly. Making that all the more notable is that Peter Farrelly is one of the two Farrelly Brothers, who made such "stupid comedies" as Dumb and Dumber; There's Something About Mary; Me, Myself and Irene, Kingpin, Shallow Hal and more.
It's inspired by a true story, and I'm sure there will be reviews that refer to it as Driving Mr. Daisy, which seems somewhat apt, but the story seems to take its own left turn down a little-used road. The title comes from the guidebook that would let Black people know where they could eat and sleep, or get gas when traveling through the South in the days before Civil Rights.
I have no idea, of course, how the full movie will be, but I can't wait to see it.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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