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#2 DENIAL (2016)






Fences is #3 of the New Year's countdown. And there is no doubt that Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are damn good in recreating their Tony-award-winning roles. Washington also directed this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. As a director, Denzel can do little to open up this play. And while his performance is powerful, I found it hard to have a ton of sympathy for his character, who ends up being lousy to everyone. Viola Davis succeeds by mainly underplaying as his long-suffering wife. Her pain and the way she expresses it makes you feel even angrier at Troy. Oscar nominations for both are assured, although every so often, Denzel seems to be trying to reach the seats in the back of the house. This will not diminish the impact of Fences. Definitely must be seen.

TLA one-word review: tragic




THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?