fencesFinally caught Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s play, Fences. Washington and co-star Viola Davis reprise roles both played on Broadway in the 2010 revival along with supporting actors Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson. There were moments of absolute perfection in Fences. Moments of discovery and admission which blew me away. Washington and Davis did outstanding jobs in their roles as Troy and Rose Maxson, husband and wife in 1950’s Pittsburgh, PA. Regarding the Oscar nominations, at issue is not the quality of Viola Davis’ acting. It’s that she’s in the wrong category. Surely she plays a lead character at the very least during the second half of the film. Nominating her for Best Supporting Actress just confuses both Actress categories. There was also unfortunately a lot of monologues which could have been shortened and scenes which could have been edited tighter. I realize this is blasphemy since Mr. Wilson wrote the screenplay himself. But I have to be honest. The film dragged in places. All that said, I felt the film turned out to be a strong adaptation of an important play. 4 out of 5 for Fences.


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