It's an adaptation of a play with the same name, written by August Wilson.
Through a stream of personalities and types, this organically progressing narrative marvelously utilizes a small stage to tell this story. The adaptation to the medium feels minuscule, the cuts and breaks where set changes once happened almost visible between the seams.
Yet Fences loses none of its thrust in the transition. No one leaves the few featured spaces, unusual for the medium, and the advent of its background metaphor — the fence itself — grows in strength.
They peer into bigotry, bias, and racial division from the inside. Not from piles of voices, but those who, off-screen, receive the hate and bury it when they arrive home to their low income existence.
Troy Maxson Denzel Washington wears his frustrations then sends them outward in difficult-to-control outbursts. He holds back his son, worried the potential football star will fall to the wayside as Troy did playing in Negro leagues.
Those subtle ways in which racism burns; Fences reveals that impact. Denzel Washington frequently owns the screen… Depressing and difficult material, yes, housing stories of disabled veterans, minimum age earners, infidelity, and broken families.
Within though come stories born of experience, tall tales, imagination, and people being people, just speaking to other people as equals. That race barrier falls as they sit, discussing their problems. Denzel Washington frequently owns the screen, self-directed as he espouses his stories of the past over a bottle.
His affable demeanor slowly collapses, cracking scene to scene, revealing a broken man whose buried aggression weighs on his family.
Rarely away from the kitchen, Viola Davis faultlessly plays a woman of the era, helpless without her husband even as that husband pulls away.
The fence is up though, posted in the backyard, serving its designated purpose. Video Beautiful cinematography, often static and distant, allows the transfer to dole out definition from a film-derived source.
Encoding from Paramount works to maintain accurate grain, remaining steady without an increase in noise. Short of two shots which appear to use the wrong lens or were poorly corrected in post, much of Fences appears pristine. Stellar fine detail and image clarity continue for the duration, spilling from a thick contrast and lightly diluted color.
Act l, Scene 2. The song Rose is singing uses a metaphor comparing Jesus too fence. What does the fence symbolize for Rose? It symbolizes protecting from outside world and Just protection from anything bad I suppose 2. Gabriel: Archangel in the Flesh (Fences by August Wilson) Fences Rose Final Draft Fences Fences Vs A Lesson Before. "Fences" begins with a description of Troy's run-down house and, most importantly, his unfinished fence. The entire play takes place at Troy's house so it is important that the reader has a detailed description of it, especially since the state of the house is important to the play. Jul 07, · All is not well in the land of Fences, despite its Tony Award wins in June. A public school canceled a production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winner because a white student felt excluded.
Constant close-ups means a chance to show off facial definition, and shots of the Pittsburgh streets excel into the horizon line where industry shoots smoke into the skyline.
Brickwork on the house and overgrown weeds surround the backyard set, all defined. Almost entirely photographed in daylight, that hefty contrast lends an appealing look, and shadows likewise feel natural.
If night does fall, black levels maintain image density and depth. Audio Birds chirp, kids yell, and dogs bark in a widely ambient soundstage.
What seems excessive soon becomes organic as this 7. Inside, the emptiness of the simple home echoes as dialog passes, a sharp accentuation of the surroundings. Few moments of scoring mean Fences lives on natural grounding and this mix is better for it.
Extras Five featurettes, all less than 10 minutes each, pick a topic and hone in as these things tend to do. The final three detail the cast, one for Washington, one for Davis, the third for the rest. This Blu-ray was provided to us for review. This has not affected the editorial process.
For information on how we handle review material, please visit our about us page to learn more.The characters in August Wilson’s play Fences are all dealing with a fence in. Troy’s wife, Rose, with her sacrifices for Troy; Troy’s youngest son, Cory, and his relationship with his father; Troy’s oldest son, Lyon s, and being broke while trying to start a musical career.
But let’s focus on Troy. August Wilson (b. ) What is the symbolic role of fences in this play? One of the motifs that links this play to many of the plays we've read this semester is the notion of the cyclical pattern of family, that is, the idea that the sins and virtues of one generation are played out again in the next.
August Wilson’s plays, built on stunningly-real and compelling characters, rich in setting and historic meaning, rife with metaphor (“Fences” keep things out, and keep other things in), have only reached the playgoing public before now.
View Notes - FENCES from DRAMA at University of North Carolina. FENCES August Wilson Realism Fences Themes How one survives the past affects the future History- .
The fastball/death metaphor serves two purposes in the dramatization of Troy's character. Troy no longer plays baseball, but he continues to approach life as if his identity never changed.
Wilson's use of the fastball/death metaphor depicts Troy as a common man capable of thinking with the heroism of a mythical figure. This is the message given to us by August Wilson.
This production of Fences is a thunderous grand slam, clearing the bases with powerful storytelling and sensational acting, the cast rising magnificently to the challenge offered by Wilson’s words.