Fences is an adaptation of August Wilson's play which centres around Troy Maxson and his family in the 1950s. It's clear from the get go that this film is an adaptation of a play with it's long, dialogue heavy scenes in only a handful of locations but it works well on film. The acting is good across the board, Denzel Washington gives a good performance as Troy, a boastful, bitter and angry man who resents his son's opportunities and the life he lives but it's Viola Davis' portrayal of Rose, his long suffering wife, who really steals the show. She is able to capture the pain, the heartache and the strength of a woman trapped in a broken marriage and who's pride and determination is constantly challenged. Troy is somewhat reminiscent of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, he likes to talk and make up lavish stories of his successes but is also abusive towards his wife and son and is a very unlikeable character. That is possibly my biggest criticism of the film, it feels like the director wants you to sympathise with Troy because of his struggles and his dark past but his character is so cruel, resentful and selfish that it's impossible to do so. The lack of action and the abundance of baseball references may leave some viewers a little cold but overall this is a film worth watching for the performances alone and Viola Davis' powerful monologues.