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Friday, 12 May 2017

FENCES [2016]

Actor/director Denzel Washington adapts Fences, the 6th part of August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle plays, for the cinema.
Washington plays a deeply flawed working class black man in the 60's who, with the help of his wife (Viola Davis), raises a family who all face the consequences of his own frustrations.
There's no razzle dazzle here nor is there any attempt to break any new grounds in storytelling or film-making.  However the film stays grounded with solid scriptwriting and strong performances, with Davis stealing the show as she holds the entire film on her shoulders.  I'd go so far as to say Washington and Davis probably hold the honor of having the best onscreen performances of 2016.  Which makes it enough to forgive it's minor weaknesses.

3½ roses for Rose out of 5

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