Nominated for 4 Oscars:

-Best Picture
-Best Actor in a Lead Role – Denzel Washington
-Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Viola Davis
-Best Adapted Screenplay

It’s hard to really put into words how this film made me feel. I will never fully understand or grasp what Troy Maxson and his family had to go through. One because I wasn’t born in the 1950s and two because I’m not African-American. But the struggles of a father and son relationship can resonate with any man regardless of the color of your skin.

Both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis put in phenomenal performances. Viola Davis has been putting in some solid work over the past few years with “The Help” and starring in “How To Get Away With Murder” so seeing her be the odds on favorite to win the Oscar doesn’t come as a huge shock. Denzel on the other hand I felt was starting to stick out more for his past work and his name recognition like in “Training Day” and “Remember the Titans” but wow his performance in this movie makes you hate his character but it also makes you feel sorry for his character and it at least reminded me of how amazing of an actor he still is.

The one actor that really hasn’t got much praise from this movie is Mykelti Williamson most famously known as Bubba from “Forrest Gump”. I thought his portrayal of Troy’s older brother Gabe at least deserved some awards chatter.

This movie doesn’t blow you away with great cinematography or music. It’s not an intricate movie with some giant twist at the end. It’s a rather simple movie about a man and how he has to deal with his many issues both external and internal the best way that he can.

“Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.”

Verdict: 8/10

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