Watching this film, I truly felt as if I were in the Deep South in the 1960s, gaining a realistic glimpse into the upscale establishments of the rich white folks of the era, as well as the contrasting poverty-stricken areas of the oppressed people of color. Excellent costume and set design really brought to life this fascinating story of legendary musician
Dr. Don Shirley’s (Mahershala Ali) journey through the racially-segregated United States, along with his driver and companion, Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen).
The steady evolution of their relationship was heartwarming and inspiring, in the midst of the vile environment of racism, discrimination, and social ignorance. Ali and Mortensen brought incredible talent to the
table in their respective roles, and each delivered remarkably.
Driven by the beautiful musical backdrop, I felt some strong pulls on my heart-strings in this picture directed by Peter Farrelly. I’m looking forward to seeing how this film fares during awards season.