If you are on the “fence” about seeing the December 25 th nationwide release of
Paramount Pictures major motion pictures “Fences’ starring Actor Denzel “What do
you want people to take away from this film?” was the reoccurring question for two
time Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington, who plays the lead role of
Troy Maxon, as he made his way down the red carpet on during the DC premiere of
Paramount Picture Fences, at the newly opened National Museum of African
American History and Culture. I will admit it was in my question queue too.
As I listened in on Denzel’s answer I began to think how important it is for us come
to your own understanding of what Fences, or any film for that matter, leaves you
Viola Davis exuded the true strength women embody individually and as a
matriarch in their family. She delivered the most emotionally charged scene of the
entire film. It was a delivery not only everyone who sees it can relate to on some
level, but one some women, include myself, have actually delivered at some point in
Russell Hornsby, who plays Lyons, the eldest son of Troy Maxon, shared during our
interview, there are threads throughout the movie we can all relate to, but
ultimately the film is about family and the highs and lows one family experienced.
Fences reveals that some blessings don’t always come perfectly wrapped, but will
give life-altering experiences that bless future generations. It is beautiful how a
classic play and artistic work such as fences, created in modern film form will not
only reach millions more it is adaptation to the big screen that it did on Broadway,
but can in so many ways provide healing for families today.
Stephen Henderson shared how he spoke with August Wilson, playwright and
creator of the play Fences, during the last year of his life and asked August who he
was and Wilson shared that he was a revolutionary optimist, because just as the
Maxon’s we will all get through challenging times to see better days.
Fences released on Christmas Day 2016, is a must see and is deserving of its place in
history as the 4 th film to get the top 5. All actors delivered Oscar worthy
performances that will forever be a part of their personal legacy and major motion
By Tara Gates Anderson, Business & Lifestyle Editor