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Collider | ‘Fences’ Review

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I hadn’t seen or read August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences before seeing Denzel Washington’s film adaptation, but knowing that it started out as a play makes you appreciate Washington’s growth as a director. While the handful of locations makes the script strain against its stage origins (Wilson also wrote the screenplay), Washington wisely tries to tell the story cinematically, relying on thoughtful compositions and subtle editing to help bring his story to life. And while the story is set in the 1950s, Fences, with its focus on race and economic mobility, feels more immediate than ever. However, what truly brings Fences to life are the powerhouse performances from Washington and co-star Viola Davis.

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