Fences, another movie nominated for Best Picture.
My recommendation is don’t watch it unless you really really like movie adaptations of plays. It feels to me like I got the cheap seats to the play, couldn’t afford to see it in the theater in the 1980s, had to settle for the movie version thirty years later. James Earl Jones starred in the original play. I wish I could have seen that.
The characters don’t speak in natural conversational voices, it’s more like they take turns giving soliloquies. In a 1950s Ebonics dialect. That type of thing works in theater, it doesn’t make for a good movie.
It’s about a black family in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. The main character, Troy Maxson (played by Denzel Washington who also directed), at first seems like an amiable guy, reminding me of Redd Foxx playing Fred Sanford in that 1970s sitcom. Amiable but grumpy. As the play progresses, we discover that Troy is actually a real asshole, especially to his younger son, but also to his wife and his older son.
I definitely don’t see this as Academy Award material, not unless there’s a category for best motion picture adaptation of a play. I don’t hate it the way I hate Arrival. It’s just boring, not my thing.
Although I don’t see it that way, many pundits think that Denzel Washington will win Best Actor and Viola Davis, who played his wife, will win Best Supporting Actress.