A working class African-American father who tries to raise his family in the 1950’s while trying to cope up with his personal trials.
Strong and moving performances from its brilliant stellar casts. This, I consider, is one of the best cinema adaptation of a well recognized theater drama.
Fences doesn’t have any of those hollywood visual spectacles, it actually seems too stagy, with only their props, the ins and outs of the characters in every scenes, exchange of dialogues, but, the limited space given were not of hindrance as the movie was lifted by its towering performances.
This is Denzel’s third movie to direct and at his age, 61, he show no signs of slowing down, and with Fences he proved that he still have his armory of talents in him. Viola on the other hand is another gem offered, her motherly figured mixed well with Denzel’s authoritative character image.
Thing is, Fences is just a typical family drama, parents trying to raise their children while facing life’s difficulties, but what makes it exceptional is the very depiction of pain on every character.
Director: Denzel Washington (The Great Debaters : 2007)
Main Cast: Denzel Washington ; Viola Davis ; Jovan Adepo ; Stephen Henderson ; Mykelti Williamson
Release Year: 2016 / 2017
- Washington previously directed Viola Davis in Antwone Fisher (2002)
- August Wilson, the only credited writer, died in 2005, received a posthumous Oscar nomination for Fences in 2017.
- Denzel Washington had been involved in 114 performances of the play in Broadway.
- Paramount Studios acquired the film rights to the play back on 1987, with Eddie Murphy playing the role of Cory.
- August Wilson insisted to have an African-American to direct the film.
- The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 1987 Tony Award for Best Play.