Denzel Washington poses with the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in "Fences" at the 48th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena. Photograph: (Reuters)
Washington directs and stars in this family drama, based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play, that will compete for the Best Picture award
Fences is a family drama directed by Denzel Washington, who also plays the lead role. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning stage drama by American playwright, August Wilson. Fences is nominated for Oscar in the Best Pictures category.
Movie’s plot is quite similar to what we see in Indian patriarchal families, so Indian audiences will be able to relate to it closely. The beauty of this story lies in small nuances of family drama that are both well thought out and carefully scripted.
Charlotte Bruus Christensen’s cinematography is not only engaging but almost spellbinding. Even though the movie is largely set in the cramped backyard of the protagonist’s house, each scene is rich and each emotion is vivid.
An interesting bit of trivia: Christensen shot this movie on 35 millimetre film instead of digital. The authenticity of the technical set up was an excellent choice.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are impeccable performers and this film is absolutely no exception.
Washington’s role as the lead character, Troy Maxson, reflects myriads of emotions, all with absolute finesse. Viola Davis, as his wife Rose and as the binding thread of the family, brings a grounded performance to balance Troy’s forever changing moods.
It is tough to call this masterpiece entertaining. Individually, each aspect of the movie is excellent, but overall it is expected to appeal to only a section of the common public.
Overall rating: (3/5)
Fences is for people who are inspired by cinematic excellence. This one doesn’t fit in the schedule designed for fun loving light weekends. Watch it only if you love to delve in the intricacies of the family bonds.