The cast may be a big draw here, and you have to include the fact that Washington directs, but the film’s biggest asset is that August Wilson adapts his own Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. Adaptations are a tricky game to begin with, but when you have something that is so precisely constructed, dealing with questionable perspectives (just catch Troy’s “like you” tirade in the trailer), you don’t want another creative mindset getting the idea that they can make it better, or more “movie friendly.”
The film opens December 25th, and is a lock for a lot of award season attention.
I’d say mark your calendars, but I can’t imagine actually catching something like this right on Christmas Day.
At any rate, take a look at this one and let us know what you think.
FENCES is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black and Scott Rudin.