“Fences” brings a story from the theater’s stage to the big screen, and it’s marvelous. I’m confident there will be Academy Award nominations for this film. Viola Davis tops that list for me, but from Denzel Washington through the entire cast the roles were superbly played. The show is heavy on dialog, light on action, but deep in meaning.

The August Wilson stage play by the same name from the 1980s was the genesis of this story. He sold the rights to Paramount in 1987 and it took nearly 30 years for Hollywood to deliver a film. Why? Because August included a provision that the Director be African American, and there wasn’t a “fit” until Mr. Washington stepped up. Then, to further delay the proceedings, Denzel insisted on performing the stage play before acting and directing the film. Enjoy the finished product in a theater near you. Good things come to those who wait.

2 thoughts on “Fences”

    1. Challenge accepted! 2018 movies now have my rating of 1 to 10 stars. See my lists of those with commentary blog posts and those I didn’t take the time to write about (but still rated) at this link: https://douginnc.com/r-n-r/movies/

      This film, Fences, would garner 8 out of 10. It would be fun to rate the other films I saw in 2017, and I hope to do so soon. They are also listed at the above link. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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