Fences Movie Review
Fences is a movie starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. It is based in Pittsburgh in the 1950’s and centers around a working class family struggling to move forward while not letting go of the past.
To give props where due, both Washington and Davis gave fantastic performances in the movie. I understand parents wanting their children to not repeat their mistakes. I also understand parents wanting their children to go farther and have more than they were able to offer.
Information about the movie:
The screenplay was adapted from a play written by August Wilson. The Fences story line follows former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson (Washington) in 1950s Pittsburgh as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down.
An unforgettable and timeless masterpiece, Fences “connects with people on a deep, emotional level” (Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times) and pulses with the universal truths of love and forgiveness, despite what lies beyond your own fence.
Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Fences was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Denzel Washington), and Best Adapted Screenplay (August Wilson), and Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress award for her transcendent performance along with a 2017 Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and more than a dozen critics’ group awards. Fences was also named one of the best films of the year by the American Film Institute, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Producers Guild of America, and more.
My thoughts on the movie:
I struggled to watch the movie for several reasons. The language was the hard for me. The N word, which I find offensive was so over used that for me, it took away from the plot of the story. Also the violence, although it was understated and not openly discussed; brought up tough emotional feelings for me.
It is hard to discuss my feelings about the movie without giving away all the story. I plan to come back and update this post at a later date with a more open discussion of the scenes once everyone has had time to see it. I think the movie can be used as a teaching tool for older teens or young adults.
Let’s just agree that secrets and past sins do find their way back home. And we will end up facing the consequences of those sins. And sadly, our children often bear some of the weight of those consequences.
I would caution allowing your children to watch this film until you have had the chance to review it. There are many places that being able to pause and discuss would be helpful when you do allow your children to see it.
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