New from Solzy at the Movies by Danielle Solzman: Green Book is not the Best Picture

While Roma was the film that many of us thought would win Best Picture, the tide took a turn when Green Book took home the award.

I’ll be honest.  In my initial review, I gave Green Book a positive review.  This being said, my thoughts begin to evolve throughout the awards season.  This is because I of all the articles that I read over the past few months.  I’m one to admit in all seriousness that I really got it wrong on the first attempt.  For this, I apologize.  While I cannot change the past, I can only move forward into the future.

While I don’t deny that there were some very fine performances in the film, I take the most issue with the script.  When Dr. Don Shirley’s family start to pen up with their thoughts on the film, I listened to what they had to say.  It made me realize that my initial take on the film is wrong.  While I saw a film, it was one that did not tell the true story.  I know that filmmakers often say that biopics are not documentaries.  The thing is, when you’re making a biopic, you don’t really have much license to stray from the truth.

What we saw tonight is a travesty.  In essence, Green Book is the new Driving Miss Daisy.  When people talk about films with a White Savior narrative, Green Book is the main film sitting on top of the list.  It’s also a film that basically ignores the book in the title.  Like really?  You name the film after one of the single most important books for people of color during a dark time period for American history and essentially throw it in the back seat.  That book alone deserves more importance in the film.  Yet they choose to ignore it for a different narrative altogether.

It’s been a very long awards season.  To top everything off, the Oscars win gets dedicated to the late Carrie Fisher.  I’m sorry but this is simply unacceptable.

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