I finally found the time to sit down, alone and without distractions, to watch The Greenbook.
Mr. Potts' review, like almost every one of his that I have read, was spot on in most every way. The Greenbook was the best and most touching film I have watched in a very, very long time.
I was only 12 in 1962, having been born in the Bronx and moved to Yonkers,NY at the age of 6, I was fairly removed from much of the goings on during the civil rights movement. Now, I pretty much see it as a human rights movement.
So many of my friends from first grade onward through high school were a diversified mix of white and black, christian and Jew that our ethnic and religious differences were never really a subject we paid notice to. The marches, lynchings and murders occurring down South were things we read in the newspapers or saw on the 3 channels of TV news and, I suppose now, were almost a thing of fiction since they didn't touch my friends and I.
Not until I was older, about 13, did it all become real. My 5 years older sister was dating the soon to be famous Happy Hairston who later was dubbed the Super Sub on the Lakers. Happy was a great guy and his friendship made me the envy of my peers. My sister invited him to Thanksgiving dinner. I didn't find this invitation out until much later and learned that my ******* father said no because he was black. To this day, my father, now deceased, had lost any respect I might ever have had for him.
My sister later married another man who was African American and had two, now grown and married, daughters who have done very well for themselves. They are still married and happy.
Perhaps I was too engrossed in the film to have noticed the Atmos audio as being much more than dialogue but, Mr. Potts rewatchable score of 4 stars is too low. I look forward to watching this again many times and to sharing it on movie nights with friends.
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