“Fences” Moves Viewers
Fences has quickly climbed up my list of favorite movies from 2016.
This film adaptation, of the play Fences by August Wilson, is the story of Troy Maxson, an African-American man struggling to provide for his wife and son.
While working to sustain his family financially, Troy falls short in fulfilling his emotional responsibilities to his family, causing his relationship with his son, Corey, and the fidelity of his marriage to falter. As Troy’s relationships crumble, he holds on to his crooked values.
Fences stays true to its original story through its full 138 minute run time, with simplistic storytelling and beautiful performances by everyone involved.
Actor, director, and producer Denzel Washington’s performance is nearly flawless, and Viola Davis shows us all why she deserves her newly awarded star on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame.”
While I was entranced by this film, its style is not for everyone. It lacks much of the typical adventure common in today’s films, and has very little comedy. Its dramatic nature limits excess movement and can appear low energy to those unfamiliar with its style.
But, what this movie lacks in action, humor and extravagant sets, it makes up for in authenticity of story and genuine emotion.
Fences has shown me why it belongs in the American Film Institute’s top 10 films of 2016.