Rent Fences (2016)

3.1 of 5 from 512 ratings
2h 13min
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Synopsis:
Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Oscar winner Viola Davis deliver the 'performance-driven masterpiece' of the year in the film adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the film takes a passionate look at former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson (Washington) as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. Washington's directorial triumph 'connects with people on a deep, emotional level' and pulses with the universal truths of love and forgiveness, despite what lies beyond your own fence.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Todd Black, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington
Writers:
August Wilson
Studio:
Paramount Home Entertainment
Genres:
Drama, Sports & Sport Films
Awards:

2017 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress

2017 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
12/06/2017
Run Time:
133 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
Bonus:
  • Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
  • Building Fences: Denzel Washington
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/06/2017
Run Time:
139 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Bonus:
  • Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
  • The Company Of 'Fences'
  • Building Fences: Denzel Washington
  • Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
  • August Wilson's Hill District

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Reviews (16) of Fences

Denzel down home - Fences review by NC

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Biopic of early America and the tribulations of being black and struggling. Lots of awards, and cannot fault Denzel doing his thing, but not entertainment, and a bit dour. Prob not in the mood............

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Over-acted and fast dialogue - Fences review by AH

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We only managed half an hour for two reasons;-

It is a film adapted from the play and the dialogue was delivered as though from the stage with much over-acting.

The heavily accented dialogue is delivered at supersonic speed and we found that whilst trying to decipher a line, the next line was being spoken so we really missed most of it.

0 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Mumbling dialogue - Fences review by RH

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The trailer for this film looked brilliant. Unfortunately neither my husband or I could understand anything anyone was saying so unfortunately after about 15 mins struggling we gave up!

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Fences review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Fences features two of the most prominent African-American actors to date: Denzel Washington playing the quintessential working man Troy Maxson, and Viola Davis as his stoic but emotionally supportive wife Rose Maxson who together go through life’s challenges for better or worse. Now, this may sound like it’s being lifted straight out of a theater brochure, and this is mainly due to the fact that Fences is indeed an adaptation of a stage play that director Denzel Washington (yes, he directs and acts in the film as well) chose to keep that theater look and feel through and through (down to some prominent details even). And therein lies the catch: adapting a stage play into a screenplay is a tough job to do right, but Denzel and his team might have pulled it off regardless.

The film revolves Denzel Washington who, as said, is a blue collar American citizen trying his best to raise a family in 1950s America. His past continues to haunt him to this very day as all the blame gets assigned to the “white man”; and so, his son feels these past tremors in the form of discouragements from everything in life, and particularly sports, something young Cory (Jovan Adepo) is very fond of doing. But no, the ways of Troy are those of spite, and not of love, although one can argue that tough is how Troy experiences love. To make matters even harder for the Maxson family, Cory’s brother Gabriel (played brilliantly by Mykelti Williamson) is mentally-challenged and even the littlest things in life come hard for him to properly do. Troy knows this, but he is a real stoic in his demeanor, although deep down he is hurt and he suffers for Gabriel’s unfortunate fate. Which is kind of paradoxical, since Troy believes in everything BUT fate.

Then there’s Viola Davis as Rose Maxson, nailing a tremendous performance that would surely secure her an Oscar this year (an overrated honour in my humble opinion and one that’s way overdue, but until an alternative arises, there’s nothing we can do to stop the charade). Anyways, Rose is subtle in her actions, with her reserved emotions playing well against Troy’s numerous imperfections. Finally, she gets the spotlight later in the film, as all the accrued emotional baggage suddenly erupt in Troy’s face and ground him to reality which he so desperately avoided doing. And everything feels as real as it can get, with no shortcuts, side-steps, or any of the sorts: Fences manages to portray true life in its purest, most carnal form ever put to screen.

Finally, Fences is a difficult experience to endure, but one that’s worthy of your hard-earned time and money. A film of this magnitude is made every 10 years or so, and Fences is definitely a member of that club.

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