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This dramatic movie stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, and many more. Based in 1950s Pittsburgh, a man working as a sanitation officer once dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Sadly, when he was young enough to play it was still illegal for black athletes to play professional sports. To make matters worse, he may have ruined his son’s chance to make it in the big leagues. This movie does a really good job at showing people overcoming obstacles despite the odds, and also analyzes racism in America. The movie was very well directed with a comprehensible storyline and likeable characters, too. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
I grew up in a black neighborhood (I'm white BTW) and one of my friends dad was just like this dude. I love plays so I was thrilled to see Denzel stick to the format. One of the best things he's done IMO. The other characters brought me back to my childhood days as they are very authentic and well played.
This movie did have some monologues that carried on so long that I yearned for them to end. This makes sense, however, as it seems to be a direct carry-over of a stage play. The only real difference for the most part seems to be the three-dimensional sets and a camera that can change perspectives. It was worth it for me to sit through the whole thing, as it inspires a very reflective and introspective response. Totally worthwhile and effective.
Denzel Washington plays a reformed murderer/almost pro baseball player who thinks his provider role excuses his abuse of his family. This is a snapshot of the 40s and 50s, when restricted gender, class, and race roles meant his wife (well-played by Viola Davis) couldn't see a better path. The characters are well-played but because this was adapted from the play, it is heavily dialogue-driven and slow at times.
Psychological profile of blended family dynamics illustrates tragic ways people take to get basic human needs met. Exceptional acting by Viola and Denzel.
Great movie! It is an incredible play and need to be viewed as such! Denzel deserved Best Actor for this.
An excellent film adaptation of the play. The characters are highly interesting.
A well acted and beautifully produced movie. Unfortunately it is presented so much like a play that I think many viewers didn't get it. I believe it works much better and with more impact as a play - as it was meant be presented by the author August Wilson.
It is still worth watching and it is a very important literary work. However, if it is being produced in your area as a play then go see it! It was on Broadway for a long long time and is a well loved play as are many of those written by August Wilson.
Perhaps the worst movie I have ever seen. Low budget whine-fest about social and income inequality when it actually revealed nothing more than a bitter man who thought he should be a major league baseball star who treated his family like crap while he whined about being 55 years old and not playing for the Yankees. It was not a tour du force as advertised, it was absolute garbage. No great acting, no real significant story line, shot in and old rundown house and back yard. Don't bother.
I'm not sure what people see in this film. There's no real plot. It is, essentially, one 2-hour-long Denzel Washington monologue, in which his character criticizes and offends the people closest to him. He's cranky, mean-spirited, and judgmental and, it seems, not the principled person that ought to judge others, in any case. It might make an interesting stage play, but I don't see the point as a film.
I saw this movie with a couple of friends and we thought it was good story. A poignant life story that may reflex on some of ours and how we affect others. About a man struggling to strain out the rot of his history to hopefully pass on some good logic to his family.
I supposed it may us think about our own life and our parents.
Should have won the Academy Award for Most Boring and Irritating Movie of All Time. If you would enjoy listening to a mean old jerk complain about his life for two and a half hours, you will love this movie.
I thought this was an exceptional movie. This is the second time I have watched this movie. It has a lot of dialogue and is similar to watching a play rather than a movie. The acting by Viola Davis is suburb. There is one scene that absolutely gives me goose bumps and tears at the same time. Denzel W. plays a man who is bitter about his lost opportunity as a baseball player and he also has a lot of responsibility, a wife & son also a son from a previous relationship as well as his brother who was disabled during the war. I think he feels guilt that the brother's injury has provided the roof over his head. His behaviour is not very honourable but he has excuses for all of it.
Very disappointing and way too long. Denzel has been a good actor in other movies. This story line and his directing of this boondoggle was awful. Too much "in your face" arguing and use of the "N" word. Was so depressing the way he treated family, and ONE friend. A real smart alack~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ surprise ending. Did not know the play was a Pulitzer Prize winner!
Working-class drama done right. Why can't there be more movies like this? Denzel Washington's portrayal of August Wilson's Troy Maxson is brilliant. Viola Davis is great too as his wife Rose. At two hours 20 minutes FENCES grinds on a little a too long, losing its prodigious mojo from the first two-thirds of the film. Nonetheless it is a must-see. I think one of the truths that Wilson is confronting us with is that greatness is often loathsome.
This was an okay movie. I didn't see the play, however, based on the movie alone, it was slow in some parts but, I did enjoy the characters played and the storyline.
Not sure how this compares to the original play. Writing could have been improved, perhaps edited better. I enjoyed much more Piano Lesson with Charles S. Dutton.
i like this movie great proformance by Denzel Washington . will i see it again maybe?