Overall Rating: 5/5
December 25, 2016
Dir. Denzel Washington
Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references)
Fences, receiving four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and a win for Viola Davis as Best Supporting Actress, is one of the best films of the year and deserving of its recognition. Unfortunately, this film kind of flew under the radar and hasn’t been viewed by as many people as it deserves to be.
Directed by Denzel Washington and based on a Pulitzer-winning play, Fences has all the right pieces in place and boy does everything come together nicely. You will not see direction, acting, and writing this in sync with one another and of this quality in a film this year. Denzel and Viola reprise the roles they had in the 2010 revival of the play for which they both won Tony awards. These are career-defining roles for both of them. There are certainly scenes which stand out, but every scene is such an impressive display of talent in front of the camera.
I can think of no reason not to recommend this film to anyone. The pacing may catch some off guard as it very closely matches that of the original play’s and may feel “un-film-like”, but it shouldn’t take long for you to fall under the film’s spell. Go watch this now.