Troy Maxson, a former Negro-league baseball player, played magnificently by Denzel Washington is fighting with bitterness, emotional detachment and the struggles of providing for his family in 1950’s Pittsburgh. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that despite mistakes, and under layers of frustration, resentment, and anger Troy loves his family.
Just a few minutes into the movie adaptation of the August Wilson Play FENCES, and I was captivated. A real ensemble cast of relatable characters this film will take you through a range of emotions.
Take a quick look at the trailer.
“Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.”
It is evident why Viola Davis who plays the role of Troy’s wife Rose, took home the Acadamy Award for the best-supporting actress. Denzil is brilliant with believable delivery as always. At times I felt Viola Davis stole the spotlight with pure heart-wrenching emotion, she held nothing back. There was a key scene when I felt every bit of Rose’s disappointment. Viola has a way of delivering a raw authenticity to every character she portrays.
The symbolism of the fence plays out in many relationships in the story. In some form, each character plays on the “fence” in some way for protection; spiritually, emotionally and physically.
FENCES is a raw story of internalizing pain, love, struggle, strength and forgiveness. You will smile you may cry, but you will finish with an appreciation for the life lessons. The FENCES Blu-ray Combo Pack (presented in 1080p high definition) is available now and features over 30 minutes of bonus content including;
- Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
- The Company of Fences
- Building Fences: Denzel Washington
- Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
- August Wilson’s Hill District
* For a limited time when you purchase the FENCES Blue-ray combo pack you will also receive a bonus digital copy of The Manchurian Candidate starring Denzel Washington.
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