Fences struggles to make the leap from the stage to the big screen, but is kept afloat by the powerhouse performances of its leads.
Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is a 53-year old garbage collector who lives in Philadelphia circa the mid-1950s, along with his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and son Cory (Jovan Adepo). After his dreams of becoming a baseball player went unrealized when he was younger (due to Troy’s advancing age by the time professional baseball was racially integrated), Troy now spends his days working alongside his longtime friend Jim Bono (Stephen McKinley Henderson) and providing care for his family – including, his now-adult son Lyons (Russell Hornsby) and his brother Gabe/Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson), the latter of whom was left mentally impaired by a head injury that he suffered while fighting in WWII.
The weight of his …
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