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

  • What is this movie about? fences

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

  • Why should you watch it?

This movie is based on a theatre play that won many awards, so if the play was good, the movie should be too, right? In this case it is. The movie is a good movie. You realize that is based on a play because the focus of the movie are the dialogues and what it is not important at all are the places. Almost everything happens in the same surroundings with the same characters and because of that, making a movie of this kind of play, where there isn’t much a change of settings, is quite a challenge.

Moreover, what gives this movie an added value is that the actors are the same ones that played the same characters many years ago on the stage. And that is an added value because they already know their characters; they have played them, and now they can portray them better and wider. And with two actors the size of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis the value sky rockets. That Denzel himself has directed the movie only proves that who better to direct it that the actor who portrayed the main character on stage?

The story is a real one. Hard at some points but nonetheless interesting enough to follow. At some point the movie might seem too long but this is a play and plays are long, and also the best part is the first half, which in the movie I would say is the second half the better part. A movie that proves that with just a simple story and a good performance we can have a good time.

 

  • Did you know?

– Fences was originally a 1983 play by August Wilson. Set in the 1950s, it is the sixth in Wilson’s ten-part “Pittsburgh Cycle”. Like all of the “Pittsburgh” plays, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience, and examines race relations, among other themes. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play.

– “Fences” opened on Broadway in 1987, winning the Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actor (James Earl Jones), and Best Featured Actress (Mary Alice). A revival of “Fences” opened in 2010, winning the Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor Denzel Washington, and Best Actress (Viola Davis). All five adult actors reprise their roles in this film adaptation, with Washington also directing.

– This was August Wilson’s first ever screenplay adaptation of one of his own acclaimed plays.

– August Wilson insisted that a film adaptation of the play, be directed by an African-American.

– This is the third theatrical film to be directed by Denzel Washington.

– In 2017, August Wilson received a posthumous Oscar nomination for his ‘Fences’ screenplay, adapted from his own play. Wilson, the only credited writer, passed away in 2005.

 

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