Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fences (2016)

Director: Denzel Washington. Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo. 139 min. Rated PG-13. Drama.

Black man has been wronged by the White man all his life, so he takes it out on his family. From the very opening scenes, it's obvious this is based on a stage play, and while the play must've been brilliant, the translation from stage to cinema has not occurred: characters think out loud, and the neighborhood is almost entirely devoid of people - exactly like a play. So if you watch this, don't watch for Washington's direction, or the playwright's (in)ability to adapt his own material to screen. Watch to experience the acting powers of Washington and Davis. Especially Davis.

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