Fences Film is Filled with Pain & Award-Winning Performances #FencesMovie

Before I went to the theater, I only knew a few basics about the new Fences film:

  • It’s based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning screenplay by August Wilson.
  • Several of the stars  in the film had appeared in the Broadway revival of the play.
  • Fences is Denzel Washington’s third time as  film director.
  • Fences opens in theaters Christmas Day.

Keep reading and I’ll do my best to limit any spoilers based on the preview I attended as a guest of Allied Integrated Marketing in Atlanta.

Fences - Movie Poster


“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.”

Denzel plays Troy Maxson, a sanitation worker who missed out on a professional baseball career and projects his bitterness onto his son, Cory. Football recruiters are interested in Cory, but his father works to sabotage any hopes of a sports career for his son.

Troy’s wife, Rose, embodies all the sweetness and beauty of the flower. Yet, is delicate and devoted to her family as only Viola Davis could bring it to the big screen.

Troy’s co-worker and BFF, Bono, witnesses Troy’s pain and ultimate betrayal of Rose.

Gabriel (Gabe) is Troy’s disabled brother played by Mykelti Williamson, who most of us lovingly remember as Bubba from Forest Gump.

On the literal side, Fences is just what the title implies. Troy and his son take years to work on a fence for their backyard. As the viewer –  it’s up to you to determine if the fence is designed to keep something out or keep something in. It could even be a combination of both.

Fences Movie Trailer


My Fences Award Recommendations

Viola Davis deserves at least a Golden Globe and as Oscar for best supporting actress.

Mykelti Williamson should be standing proudly with her for his set of awards for best supporting actor.

Denzel Washington already has two Oscars for best actor and best supporting actor. It’ll be interesting to see if the Academy will view his directing of Fences as nomination-worthy considering it’s limited sets and scenery. There’s still plenty of meaningful and breathtaking scenery in the film, especially the closing scene.


Joyce at Fences Film

After the Fences film preview, viewers engaged in a Q&A with WPZE-FM radio host Darlene McCoy and a representatives from the M.O.B.S. (Mothers of Black Sons) Foundation. Abuse, adultery and generational curses were among the topics we discussed.

Have you seen the Fences Film?

Everyone I look on my Facebook timeline, friends who saw the film since Christmas Day 2016 say they loved – were moved by it. But a few missed out on their desired showing times because it’s selling out fast. So if you plan to see the Fences film use an app to pre-order your tickets, select your seat and bring plenty of tissue for your tears.

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. I have not seen the movie. I planned to because i love to see Denzel do anything. I know, what’s a girl to do lol. Now that i have your review, its pushed higher on the priority list.

    I did see Hidden Figures. It was phenomenal. I cannot wait for your review on it.

    Thanks, Joyce.

  2. My friends went to see this and said it was great. I can’t wait to see this, especially since August has roots right here in our town.

  3. I so want to see this movie! I wasn’t able to see right when it came out so I definitely am going to see it soon.

  4. I saw it. It is award-worthy and I hope the judges don’t sleep on it. I agree that the set and scenery were limited. I was also moved by Viola’s performance. Whew! What a time that was?! Moral standards have surely changed, wouldn’t you say? Lol.

  5. I plan to see fences, but I’m not sure if I’ll see it on the big screen or not. I already saw Hidden Figures… I have a lot of great ones to see in the next month!

  6. Great review without spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the play or the movie.

  7. I hope to see it this week. I wanted to see it opening weekend but life. I did cover the red carpet here in DC.

  8. I never saw the play or even heard of it before this movie was made but I definitely plan on seeing it soon because I continuously hear how great it was!

  9. I saw the play many years ago and loved it. It’s always been one of my favorites from August Wilson. i can’t wait to see the movie!

  10. I loved the movie and appreciated how they kept the movie looking like a play but not having many set changes. It was def some unexpected twist and turn in the movie. Yay for Viola Davis winning the globe for best supporting actress.

  11. I haven’t seen the movie and I hadn’t planned to because I hate crying at movies but I’ve heard nothing but good reviews so I may change my mind…

  12. Fences is on my must see list. It looks like it’s going to me emotional as heck, so I best be ready.