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My Review of the movie: Fences
Some Fences are built to keep people out, others to keep people in. As far as pure enjoyment, I give this a 4 out of 5. It's not the easiest movie to watch. Here is someone that you love to hate. Denzel plays a black man living in an urban town in 1950's America. His faithful wife of 18 years stands by his side as he struggles with the man he has and has not become. A self-proclaimed loser, he does his best to see that his family is put first. Problem is, he constantly reminds them of the sacrifice he is making on their behalf and how grateful they should be.
His second son is trying to break free of his father's constant iron rule but finds it difficult to separate from a tradition that puts fear first.
You can tell that this movie was adapted from a play. I think there is a total of six characters in the movie with Denzel playing front and center throughout almost every scene. The dialogue is so rich and heavy that it's sometimes hard to keep up with the back and forth banter. Viola Davis plays his wife who has dreams of her own but gives them up to play the dutiful wife.
The acting is top notch. Denzel does what Denzel does so well. Creates confusion and chaos by keeping calm when one should explode and exploding when one should keep calm. You keep waiting for him to smack someone around but he'd rather use his words to belittle them instead.
For pure acting, it's a 5 out of 5. Both Denzel and Viola deserve the Oscar. I have no doubts Viola will win but Denzel is up against Casey Affleck and it's a dead heat.