Fences Review

Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.

Fences stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Joven Adepo, Russell Hornsby and Mykelti Williamson.

Set in the 1950’s, Troy Maxson wanted to be a baseball player but gave up his dream because no-one would hire a black person to play baseball so he choose to go and work as a dustbin man. When one of his son’s gets the chance to play American Football he squashes his chance to play. This creates tension amongst the family among over family problems.

Positives. This film had a lot of Oscar buzz, Viola Davis won best supporting Actress for her role in this film and Denzel Washington was nominated and it was close between him and Casey Affleck for best leading Actor, and it is thoroughly deserved. The best part of this film are the performances of those to people. They both transform into their characters and you really feel for the characters and feel the emotion that they both have. They both help elevate the performances of the supporting cast as well, but this is Denzel Washington and Viola Davis’ film.

Negatives. This movie is monologue after monologue and non stop dialogue. From the beginning you get a long monologue and that didn’t grab me as much as I want when I am sat watching a film. I found that at times all the talking took me out of the movie and wanted more silent moments and felt the movie could have been more effective with them. The film also struggles for me as it just focuses on the characters. There isn’t any really story through the film, it is just a normal family in the 1950’s and different situations that people would go through at that time and somethings that relate to things going on in the world today. I wanted the film to pick one problem and focus on that through the film and have the other problems as side problems.

I am only giving that for the very strong performances that deserved the recognition they got.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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