Saturday, June 22, 2024

Denzel Disappears and Davis Delivers In New Film ‘Fences’

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis

*A lot has been written and said about Viola Davis’ stunning performance in the Denzel Washington-directed Fences. Her name is being mentioned as a potential Oscar contender.

Every word you read about Davis’ Oscar prospects is absolutely true. The actress is incendiary on screen, forcing you to feel every emotion her character displays as she manages the ups and downs of a life that may not have been lived to its fullest.

It’s been a long time since I saw a movie theatre crowd applaud after a performance. In Fences, Davis delivers a crying, knee-buckling, nose-running monologue that’s not to be missed. It left every woman cheering midway, and earned an ovation from the entire audience after Davis was done.

But to talk about Davis too much is, perhaps, not giving enough attention to Washington, who also stars in the movie. I know it’s almost blasphemous, especially with the sistahs, but I’m not a die-hard Denzel fan. For me, his performances are either brilliant (X, Philadelphia) or lacking (Flight, The Preacher’s Wife).

Read more at EURThisNthat.

 

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