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Wilson's dialogue is superlative -- soulful, authentic and timely and almost musical, sharing a cadence that's part of most urban cities. Under Washington's direction and Christensen's cinematography, there is no wasted moment, no empty frame.
Directed by Denzel Washington, who also appears in the movie as its lead, Fences offers a startlingly detailed look into the Black relationship - and touches upon the destructive nature of Black masculinity, particularly when it involves the Black woman.
Wilson's powerful story, which encompasses not just love, sex, race, oedipal clashes, betrayal and death, but even music and sport, has the scope of a Great American Novel. Washington and company do it justice.
Fences comes to the stage almost entirely intact, including Wilson's beautiful language and scenery-chewing monologues, and as Troy [Denzel] Washington does some of his finest acting work in recent memory.
Playwright Wilson wrote the screenplay, and resists the effort to open the play up too much. If it sometimes reminds you of its origins on stage, it's worth remembering that that medium offers dramatics potentials that can't always be found on film.
Balancing the joys of the script that turned Wilson's play into a multi award-winning juggernaut with a desire to adapt such a play for Hollywood is a fine line, but sadly it is one that Denzel is unable to straddle.
. . .Denzel and Viola embody truly astonishing depictions of this couple, acting at the highest level of perfection even in slight reaction shots or minor movements, and as director Denzel captures these details.