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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Report Card----"Fences"

"Fences" is based on August Wilson's play.
 Denzel Washington starred in the play in 2010, and reprises his role here.
The play resembles "A Raisin In The Sun".
There's nothing wrong with that.
Denzel is the muscle here.  He also directed it.
He plays a blue collar garbage-man in Pittsburgh in the fifties.
Viola Davis plays his wife.
The play is very good, and it translates to a very good movie.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Not really.

Is it a story worth telling?

It's familiar turf.

Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?

If you like Denzel, and Viola,  you'll certainly like them in this.

Well shot?

It was a slightly expanded play.  And it looks it.
But they didn't hurt themselves.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

He made no mistakes, but that's not saying much..

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

Just about right.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely and totally.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was never ahead of it.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only that I just saw a really good movie.

Is it funny?

When it needs to be.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

I could have easily waited for cable.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A.

This is very good work, if not earth-shaking.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."