Directed by Denzel Washington
Starring
  • Denzel Washington
  • Viola Davis
  • Stephen Henderson
  • Jovan Adepo
Screenplay by August Wilson
Genre Drama
Certificate

12

UK Release Date 10th February 2017

Summary

A working-class African-American father (Denzel Washington) tries to raise his family in the 1950’s, while trying to come to terms with the way his life has unfolded. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory admittedly eats away at him.

Is The Plot Interesting?

I’m just going to say it… I didn’t enjoy the plot of the movie. I found it to be, for want of a better word, boring and uneventful for the first half. There was hardly any action or change of scenery which makes for the two hours and 19 minutes to go by very slowly.

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Is The Acting Good?

I thought the performances were fantastic, Viola Davis in particular was amazing. Her performance is very powerful and made the story more real. During the moments when I was considerably less interested Viola Davis’ performance would pull me back in again.

Is The Directing Good?

Denzel Washington directed the movie well, but I can’t help but feel like there was something missing. I feel like if someone else, who just had to solely concentrate on the directing, had directed the movie it might have been a little bit more powerful.

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Is The Cinematography Good?

If I’m honest the cinematography did nothing for me. There wasn’t anything wrong with the cinematography as such, but there wasn’t anything special about it or anything to separate it from the cinematography in every other movie.

Is It Worth Watching?

Although it does pick up in the second half, the events that took place in Fences didn’t grab my attention and have me on the edge of my seat like I think they should have. The only thing I did really like about it was the performances. Feel free to give this one a miss!

2/5

Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.

– Stephen Henderson as Jim Bono