Fences Review

We went to see the movie “Fences,”what a spectacular performance.  The actors Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, as well as the rest of the cast were phenomenal.  The theme was a period piece that is timeless running throughout cultures.  Although this is about an African American family in the 1950’s it touches all families who grow up poor and struggling to make a life for themselves and their children. 

I was asked by someone how did I like the story? I responded that I didn’t like it.  Why not was the next question?  I responded after a minute of thinking about the question.  I didn’t like the fact that he came home and dropped that bomb on his wife of 18 years that somebody else made him laugh and feel free.  Now, that’s all I’m going to say about the plot, however, after thinking about the movie I realized it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the movie, but I didn’t like the emotions it triggered in me. 

When I think about what a writer does in developing a story it is to Persuade, Inform or Entertain.  Fences did all of the above it informed about family life in the 1950’s.  The movie persuaded me and helped me to understand that the emotions invoked in me makes me realize as an adult because of their sacrifices, I did not have to tolerate or endure that type situation.  The entertainment factor was prevalent throughout the entire movie by keeping our attention and allowing the audience to relate to the characters on a deep emotional level from laughter, to anger, to sadness, to empathy, and most of all love.


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