Best Picture Review: “Fences”


Somer Benton

After sitting in a theater for three hours, “Fences” left audiences with one word in mind– wow.

Set during the late 1950s, “Fences” tells the story of Troy Maxson (played by Denzel Washington), a once-aspiring baseball player bound by racial barriers, economic strife and struggling family relations.

If this movie weren’t produced so intricately, it would have been a snooze fest. Three hours of heart tugging somber events, ended with the gateways to heaven.

In the beginning of the film, Troy asks his son to stop his football career to work and help him build a fence for his mom, Rose (played by Viola Davis). Despite his son’s phenomenal skills, Troy selfishly refuses his son the opportunity to play football in college, solely for the racial barriers that Troy faced in his early life.

So, yes, a fence was built in the movie titled “Fences”, but as Troy’s close friend explained to him, “Some people build fences to keep people out…and other people build fences to keep people in.”

Rose endured such a torturous life with Troy. Her most iconic scene and arguably the turning point of the movie happened while they were standing in the backyard, drenched in rain and vulnerability.

“What about me?” she inquires in the midst of their confrontation.

Ultimately, this question crossed the mind of every character in the movie and worked as an overarching theme of the film.

“Fences” left audiences pondering their failures and successes in life. The thought of failing a life was portrayed to the T, in a way that was powerful, impactful and striking.


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