Monday, January 2, 2017

Movie Monday: FENCES

I love plays. I don't always love movies adaptation of plays. And I didn't love this one, but I did like it enough to blog about it.

Based on August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning FENCES, the movie version of FENCES stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Their performances are great. But the movie felt flat? I don't know, it just didn't get me in the gut, I felt too much like an observer. The movie felt too long. The dialogue was so so powerful in places, and how powerful a metaphor is a fence? So. Many. Fences. Fences to separate, fences to trap... fences that can't be breached, and fences that are breached. Unfinished fences. Lives lived between the slats. And on and on.

Rich stuff. I just wish I'd felt more a part of it.

Wonder if either of these actors will get Oscar noms?? Denzel directed this one as well... We'll see Tuesday, January 24, 2017!

Also, coming Thursday: my 2017 One Little Word!

1 comment:

  1. I think if you saw the play(s) of both James Earl Jones' and Denzel's version on stage maybe you would feel differently. What Denzel did in the movie was take scenes from the play and set some of them in different locations, garbage truck, bar, sidewalks, church. It didn't take anything away from me about the power of the play but maybe it did for you. Love reading your movie reviews!


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