Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A black man living in 1950’s Baltimore tries to raise his family despite regrets about his past.
My Take on it – I love films like this that are completely dialogue driven.
We get to know so much about the characters and lives just by listening to what they have to say because that is all we are offered here.
There are no fancy sets, no special effects or even transition scenes; all we get is scene after scene in a normal house or on its porch and we get to imagine the rest just based on what the characters tell us.
It’s so much fun listening to Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Jovan Adepo because their lives are the ones we wish to know and understand and each syllable that they spit out tells us something about who they are, how they got there and where they can potentially go on from that point.
I’m usually not the biggest fan of Denzel because I think he’s not the most prolific of actors, but in this film, his acting isn’t based on motion, but rather just on vocabulary and dialogue and he helps us know and understand his character very well here.
We get a great impression of what life was like for characters like these during the 1950’s, what they perceived as prejudices or not and of course, like all of us, regrets or happiness over decisions made in our youth that follow us around forever.
Bottom Line – Great dialogue driven film that is able to says so much just by the way the characters act and react to everything around them. This film’s ability to rely only on dialogue makes it so interesting to listen to because the scenery doesn’t change much, just the way the characters talk and feel about everything going on around them. Gives us a great impression of how black families felt during the 1950’s and how their think evolved over the different time periods this film takes place in. It is quite enjoyable watching Washington, Davis and Adepo interact on screen
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although August Wilson had long worked on the screenplay adaptation of his own play Fences, the film’s script was still incomplete when Wilson died in 2005. In January 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported that producer Scott Rudin had hired the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner to finish Wilson’s screenplay. In December 2016, the New York Times reported that although Kushner didn’t receive a writing credit for the final film, he did get “a prominent mention as a co-producer” instead. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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