Posted by: greercn | February 27, 2017

Fences

Moving, difficult and very funny in equal parts, August Wilson’s play “Fences” is an entertaining movie.

Denzel Washington stars and directs with great style and the whole ensemble is terrific.

Viola Davis earns her Oscar. I’m not sure why this is a “supporting” rather than “leading” award, as she is in most scenes.

At a very long 139 minutes, I feared that I’d lose feeling in the lower half of my body. But it’s all so engrossing and deep that I only peeked at my watch once, during the middle bit.

Denzel plays Troy who works as a garbage collector, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He longs to be a driver but no Black man has achieved that, in the 1950s

His friend and co-worker Bono – a really splendid Stephen McKinley Henderson – is Troy’s closest friend.

Brother Gabriel is given another extraordinary and nuanced performance by Mykelti Williamson.

There isn’t a bad performance here. Young Saniyya Sidney could easily have won as Oscar as she lights up the screen.

Everyone at the Stratford East Picturehouse adored it and applauded as the end credits rolled.

Seeing more working class characters on screen is a very positive development in this year’s movies.

Intelligent food for thought along with great guffaws makes this a must see film. August Wilson died in 2005, at the tragically young age of 60.

He won a Pulitzer Prize for this. It made me think and smile.

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