Saturday, February 4, 2017

Take The Crooked With The Straight

I wish I could have seen Denzel Washington when he starred in August Wilson's "Fences".  But luckily for me, it was adapted for the screen, and that was my Oscar-nominated Best Picture of the day.

  • Troy talks A LOT.  That's a lot of lines for an actor.  That's a lot of talking to deal with if you're in his family.  Denzel deserves all of his nominations for this film for the number of words alone.
  •'s the moments of silence or quiet speaking from him that make Troy human.  Denzel's portrayal of this proud, flawed, vulnerable man is amazing, especially when he just gives a look, some emotion on his face that conveys his anger, his pain.  Augh.  I'm about to cry again.
  • Yup, I was a weepy mess by the end of this film.
  • Viola Davis, too.  My goodness.  Every time she laughed, I laughed with her.  Every moment of pain Rose felt was painful to me, too.  I rooted for her, and I was rewarded for it by the end of the film.  I love seeing such strength on screen.
  • August Wilson. I wish I was an actor so that I could say those words.  Amazing.  Maybe not Denzel's part, though, because that would be way too many words for me to remember.
  • "What law is there sayin' I got to like you?"
  • "I've been standing with you! I gave eighteen years of my life to stand in the same spot as you!"
  • "Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in."
  • "Rose gave me a ham sandwich!" <raises sandwich over his head with both hands>
  • Beautiful sky in the last scene.  Were those clouds shaped to make the opening look like an angel?  Called upon by Gabriel?  Cool.  "That's how that go."

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