Monday, December 26, 2016

Fences (2016)

IMDb plot summary: An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.
Directed by Denzel Washington. Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, and Jovan Adepo.

I was familiar with some of August Wilson's plays, but this was one that had slipped by me. This film version is quite good, though. It doesn't do much innovating in transferring it from stage to film, keeping pretty solidly to its one location and simply focusing on watching the characters talk, but you soon forget that, thanks to the powerful acting. I hope both Denzel and Viola pick up some Oscar nods for their acting here. It's a story and a movie that I think will sit with me for a while.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Fences > Quills
Fences > Finder's Fee
Fences < Kramer vs. Kramer
Fences < Repulsion
Fences > Billy Elliot the Musical Live
Fences > Cold Comfort Farm
Fences < Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unforunate Events
Fences < Pom Poko
Fences > The Basketball Diaries
Fences > Take This Waltz
Fences < The Adventures of Robin Hood

Final spot: #511 out of 2553.

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