Fences - SHOWTIMES (2016)


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An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

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Rosalie Santiago ( 2017-03-26 )

Performances outshine 'stage bound' script

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Frankie Stokes ( 2017-04-25 )

Fences Is 2016's Most Well-Acted Film

First let me say that this is a powerful, engaging film. Seemingly, however stereotypical, the opening of this movie feels like a stage play exposition. Although moving forward I found myself increasingly involved in the life of, to me, a thoroughly selfish, almost despicable, protagonist. Denzel Washington inhabits his role as one would fit into a perfectly tailored suit. The depth of his character fits him like a glove. The dislike of his "Troy' is palpable. It is Viola Davis' performance that gives us any acceptance, and even a modicum of empathy, for his unrelenting dis- likability. Her 'Rose' is a tour-de-force and one of the most honest performances ever put on film. I personally see it as less a film about a man coming to grips with prejudice than as a damaged child trying to make sense of a world over which he was unable to reconcile his life. In the greater scheme of things, yes, he had a menial job, but he did have a job. He has a family that he treats as possessions rather than people. When his son accuses him of not wanting him to surpass his father in life, there is a validity to the claim. The direction, cinematography, music and period feel, with the exception of an uneven opening, proves Washington a masterful film maker. The difficulty in adapting a stage play to the screen is almost overcome with only a few scenes playing like a filmed stage set. If it were up to me both Denzel and Viola would receive the top 'Best' academy awards with Denzel also receiving a nomination for best director. Unfortunately the stiffness of the script, in my opinion, should keep it from a best film nomination (although it will probably get one). As a side note, it seems silly for Viola Davis to be entered into the competitions in a supporting category. She is the strength of the movie and in too many scenes to even be considered 'supporting.'

Clinton Lewis ( 2017-06-13 )

I've Had More Fun Painting A Fence

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

Leah Hayes ( 2017-04-04 )

Fabulous Performances Shine in an Overlong Film!

Did someone say "Last year's Oscars were too white" ? Now that we're starting to hit awards season I'm starting to hear everyone in the media say this . I don't want to stir up any controversy , and I don't know about you but when I watch a movie I watch simply as a rabid cinephile . Three thousand eight hundred reviews on this site back up my credentials as someone who may actually watch too many movies . Likewise check out my review of SPOTLIGHT which I described as a weak contender for best picture and I was speaking as a hardcore anti-theist . I was disappointed as I was shocked when that movie beat THE REVENENT to the big prize . In other words I tend to leave politics , religion and other baggage at the cinema door and judge a film simply as a piece of stimulus . FENCES however gives me the impression it's going to be over awarded simply because some people think they'll be righting all the wrongs of the world by giving it prizes . Of course it won't affect my life one way or another but even so let's be honest and say this is a fairly tedious movie ..

Susan Phillips ( 2017-05-17 )

Am I missing something?

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name by The Late/Great August Wilson, 'Fences' is a film that boasts Fabulous Performances from its terrific cast that Shine undeniably, but the film, as a whole, is overlong! Also, the narrative gets repetitive after a point. 'Fences' Synopsis: A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. Denzel Washington directs 'Fences' with a realistic feeling & the film legend is absolutely terrific in the central role. As Troy Maxson, the protagonist, Denzel is firebrand, delivering a performance full of feeling & frustration. But the film belongs to Viola Davis, who steals the show. Davis, an absolute acting pioneer, is priceless as the wife, offering a portrayal of loyalty, motherhood & heartbreak. Davis is sure to win Awards ahead (Already Having Won The Golden-Globe recently), yes Academy, I'm talking to you! In supporting roles, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney & Mykelti Williamson lend remarkable support. Now coming to the minuses! The Screenplay works in parts. Considering its been adapted from a play, the writing sticks to its true roots a bit too much. The locations remain the same & the literal translation becomes monotonous after a point. Troy's bitter attitude towards his Sons & his Wife's sacrifices, don't engross you beyond a point. The Writing needed to be crisper. And the film is overlong! At a 139-minutes, 'Fences' overstays its welcome by at least 20-minutes. I wish the narrative was stronger, as it begins beautifully. So what's the final word? 'Fences' is greatly acted, but as a film, it's a disappointment!

Flora Greer ( 2017-06-18 )

Swinging for the fences

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Perry Morales ( 2017-05-21 )

Fences seems barely changed from its theatrical production. The only difference maybe being a set instead of a stage.

This movie was one of the most boring I've EVER seen in my life. It had absolutely no point to it whatsoever. All I saw was people standing in the backyard most of the movie talking about not much of anything. What made it even worse was the fact that the main character was completely self-centered and didn't care about anyone but himself, but all of the characters are urged to show this man respect when all he was was a walking selfish jerk. 2 hours and 13 minutes of a plot less movie where the audience must endure over 2 hours of watching Troy do everything wrong and still be looked at as a great man somehow. I just wish I could get my $12 back along with those 2 hours of my life I lost.

Vickie Fields ( 2017-05-24 )

Denzel Washington, With One Of The Best Films Of 2016

Greetings again from the darkness. Just about any use of words you can think of serves some part in this screen adaptation of renowned playwright August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony award winning stage production. It first hit Broadway in 1987 with James Earl Jones and Mary Alice in the leads, and the 2010 revival starred Denzel Washington and Viola Davis – both who reprise their roles for the movie version. It's also the third directorial feature from Mr. Washington (The Great Debaters, Antwone Fisher). ..

Lori Shelton ( 2017-06-02 )

Fences: Denzel's New Movie Premiering Christmas Day (2016)

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Winston Francis ( 2017-06-15 )


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