Film Review - Fences

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Film Review by Allen Henriquez

Fences (2016)

August Wilson’s Award-Winning play

 

Director: Denzel Washington

Cinematographer: Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Music: Marcelo Zarvos

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby

 

August Wilson’s plays are journeys into an unpleasant, poignant world that is America, for Black people. However, August Wilson’s writing comes at the consumer in an abstract barrage of verbiage from black characters communicating, but greatly disconnecting in thoughts and or moral compass.

Fences is excellent in showing a family together, but overwhelmingly disconnected. The problematic member is Cory, Denzel Washington. Denzel and Viola work their roles as they did on the stage, with Tony winning performance.

However, in Denzel’s direction on screen there is a baroque, Shakespearean feel, and the performance of Viola Davis as Rose is her arrival, where she cannot be denied. Rose’s humanity creates a glorious light of hope and elevation. The story, Rose has an egomaniac husband, Cory, who is unable to check his appetites, Viola won an Oscar for her work.

 


Submitted: June 23, 2020

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