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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Fences (2016)


What is it about? 

A working-class black man in the 1950's tries to raise and support his family in the 1950's while coming to grips with the events in his life that lead him to this point.

Who is in it? 

Denzel Washington - Troy Maxson

Vola Davis - Rose Maxson

Stephen Henderson - Jim Bono


Favorite Scene:

After the differences in characteristics leads to a showdown between Troy and Cory, Troy delivers another series os statements that unveils much of the demons he deals with, and much of the experiences which have lead him to where he is today.

Favorite Quote: 

Troy: It's not easy for me to admit that I've been standing in the same place for eighteen years!

Rose: Well, I've been standing with you! I gave eighteen years of my life to stand in the same spot as you!

Review: 

I really, really, really - REALLY liked Fences. There are so many ways that I can go in this review of this film. The first one, obviously being the transition of the film from a theatre stage to film. I loved that the film kept much of the true essence of it's art with long scenes and dialogues. And of course, you know you're in for a treat with any film headlined by Denzel and Viola.

For me, Fences is one of the best films I've seen from 2016. From the talent involved, the message sent from the film, and the set design/camera angles, the film really is a gem to see. It's literally a great blend of bringing the theatre to your living space.

As for taking my review into another direction, I will say this - after seeing Machester By the Sea and Fences, I'm not sure how Casey Affleck won Best Actor over Denzel in Fences. I honestly don't even think it's close. Affleck was indeed good, but Denzel was other worldly in his role as Troy Maxson. So, so, good.

Nonetheless, not much else I can say but go out and see Fences. It's worth it.

Grade: 5/5

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--38 Weeks (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
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