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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.
Denzel Washington, well, swings for the fences. And while he doesn't quite hit a home run, he does manage a solid triple. And, almost as importantly, he brilliantly eases himself through the transition from leading man to character actor/star.
The performances by each of its six main characters... combined with Washington's gripping direction (inciting a mix of terror, madness, and pity), FENCES is simply extraordinary. It is not to be missed.
the power of the story lies not in its tragedy, but in how it finds the good in the bad, the seed of hope in the moments of despair, the strength of character in those most deeply and fundamentally flawed
As with many such family dramas, Davis' Rose is the foundation - and the scene in which she expresses betrayal may well be the movie's best. The rest of the cast, including Washington himself, is very nearly her equal.
Fences is a poignant domestic drama that takes its time and seldom cuts corners, the dialogue sprawling and spiking in a way that seems much better suited to the stage than what we are used to seeing on the snackable big screen.