Denzel Washington Fences

Trailer Time: Fences Trailer #1 (2016)

Fences will be the fourth time Denzel Washington has stepped behind the lens as director.  Fences will be his third feature film following Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters.  Washington also directed an episode of Grey’s Anatomy earlier this year.

Washington has also starred in all the films his directed, which is one of the most draining undertakings in the field.  Both his previous films were well-received, if not wildly so.  Personally, I thought The Great Debaters was very good and an intelligent film that showed a growth in Washington’s prowess behind the camera.  Then he didn’t direct another thing until .the episode of Grey’s earlier this year (which has one of the highest ratings on IMDB for any episode in the series).  Nine years away from directing is a long time.  Washington is adapting August Wilson’s award-winning play Fences, and the trailer is an intense look at African-American family life.  Fences is set to open Christmas Day 2016.
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One thought on “Trailer Time: Fences Trailer #1 (2016)”

  1. I have not seen Antwone Fisher. I probably should, considering how much I admire Washington. The Great Debaters is a solid film but Fences, the play at least, is very heavy and dark. Not that the Great Debaters is lighthearted, but Fences takes things to a whole other level.

    I’m really looking forward to this movie. Denzel is one of those actors who, when he’s fired up and lost in a role, almost seems like he’s giving a performance onstage. His acting feels that immediate and intense. Even in a resolutely mediocre movie like American Gangster, Denzel has a way. I’m thinking of the sequence towards the end, where he’s in the interrogation room with Crowe’s character and his guard comes down for the first time in the movie. It was a powerful few minutes, and it made it OK that I had spent money to see the film in a theater.

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