Release Date: 10 May 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson
In an age where a movie’s worth is often judged on the action that’s crammed in, Fences is quite the renegade. Its reliance upon relentless dialogue rather than a full-on senses assault gives away its stage roots, but don’t think that this means it’s lacking in emotional wallop. A trip back to 1950s inner city America, Denzel Washington is Troy Maxson, a garbo who once harboured dreams of becoming a professional baseball player, but was too old when the big league eventually saw the light and let African-American athletes in. He’s bitter, and it shows in an outward cynicism, put to great use as this flawed man juggles family and neighbourhood politics. Viola Davis as Troy’s wife Rose is marvellous (when isn’t she?), and those up for some seriously talky drama will find that Fences really raises the bar.