Film of the day: Fences

Fences - Denzel Washington

Okay, this is very late/early but it is well worth setting your PVR for this drama.

Producer-director-actor Denzel Washington stars, alongside Viola Davis (in an Oscar-winning role), in his adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in 1950s Pittsburgh.

Ex-con and dustman Troy Maxson (Washington) was once an all-star Negro Leagues baseballer in an era when Black players stood no chance of elevation to the Major League. He’s a seething powerhouse of eloquence, particularly each evening, when he sits around his home drinking with his friend and colleague Bono (Stephen McKinley Henderson). But this congeniality isn’t always shared with his patient wife Rose (Davis); his son Cory (Jovan Adepo); his younger brother Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson), who has a mental disability due to being injured while serving in World War II; or Troy’s musician son from a previous relationship, Lyons (Russell Hornsby), who lives apart from the family.

News that Cory is being scouted for college football scholarships is disparaged by a resentful Troy, resulting in friction that boils over when Rose asks Troy to construct a fence around the house. But worse is to come.

Fences – Wednesday at 01.10am on FilmFour.

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