Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson round out the supporting cast.~Jack Rodgers
The quality of the Blue Ray is as expected.
But this Movie is a Denzel "Tour De Force!" Just and incredible movie, amazing script, extraordinary performances from Viola Davls and Denzel Washington. Washington also directed this and keeps true to the feel of the play. The script is powerful and driving, but the performance of the two principals makes this a Must See!
It can be argued that Washington deserved the Oscar for his performance, but there is no argument about Davis. Viola Davis "Rules" and her Oscar is "Well deserved."
This is a movie you will want to own.
Ms. Viola Davis and Mr. Denzel Washington dominate the screen in this heart-wrenching depiction of the experiences of a Black-American family in the years after World War II. Mr. Washington portrays a proud and bombastic Troy Maxson along with his hidden insecurities of being underappreciated by white society while trying to provide for his wife, sons and brother. Ms. Davis is his long-suffering wife Rose who puts her heart and soul into keeping the family together despite the tempestuous relationships between father and sons and her ultimate betrayal by Troy. Ms. Viola Davis most definitely earned her Oscar. The remaining cast members - Stephen McKinley Henderson, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby and Jovan Adepo - also deserve kudos for their fine performances.
Denzel and Viola were a perfect married, kiss and make up couple while one is messing around down town with another lover. There is much more to this movie than that. Life is what happens in this strained family with no remedy in site.
My husband and I finally got around to watching this movie. It had been a long day and right after it started my hubby said he wasn't sure if he'd be able to stay awake for the 2 hours to watch it. Even though there's very little "action", the acting is wonderful (especially Denzel and Viola, but the other performers do quite well too) and it kept our full attention the entire movie. He didn't have any trouble staying awake.