Even in the trailer, Fences can be hard to watch, as the character Troy (Denzel Washington) is immediately brought to bear, and a major clash with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), is revealed.

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 Trailer - Denzel Washington
©2016 Paramount Pictures

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.

Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.