As a husband sometimes you go and see a movie that you have absolutely no interest in seeing. C’mon guys, you know what I mean. The wonderful woman in your life tells you she wants to see a movie and since she’s sat in many movies with you that she probably didn’t want to see, you go ahead and go. Who knows, you may not even hate it!
When I saw the trailers for this movie, I thought it would be another “hit me over the head with a topic” movie and I really don’t care for those. I don’t go to the movies to be “enlightened” but instead go there for enjoyment. Well, I am here to say I was wrong! Yes, even The Don can be wrong on occasion (just don’t let that get out too far, ok?). I thought that the only saving grace was that this movie was inspired by a true story. Happily I can say that was not the “only” saving grace and that this movie is very enjoyable.
This movie (4.5 Icees out of 5) does an excellent job of covering a dark part of American history in a way that you don’t feel like you’ve been hit over your head with it. It tells the story of two men and the friendship that they developed during the racially filled 1960s in the South. Instead of it telling the story with the racial tension being “the” story, it told the story from the aspect of the two men who toured the South, encountering bigotry and hatred, but still keeping the men as the center of the movie. The development of the friendship and their interaction is the true essence of the story and they do it exceptionally.
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali give award-worthy performances as the driver/bodyguard and the extremely talented man he is driving/protecting. The actors around them do an excellent job as well and you truly believe you’re in the South during that time. I would say more but since I pride myself on not giving away spoilers, I will just stop there.
This is an excellent movie, but be warned that there is a lot of language (including the n-word), some violence and a ton of smoking (yes, I see on ratings now that smoking is listed as a cautionary item so I thought I would list it here too).
As the movie ends, the movie updates us on the lives of the two primary characters but other than that there are no scenes during or after the credits.