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 acting in this movie is top tier. Within the first 10 mins you realize that the scene hasn’t changed & it’s all dialogue, but the cast is really good at pulling you in. Everything pretty much takes place in the back yard & front yard.
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.
My Theater class, several years ago, selected me to play Rose (the leading lady that Viola Davis plays in this movie) so I bought it to put with my other memorabilia.
These two actors have for the most part ALWAYS been strong forces in adding to a great theatrical experience. Therefore I am glad that they were able to blend their talents together to present this awesomely eye opening play; which has given on the stage (now to movie goers as well) a glimpse of Mr. Wilson's, work & another way of seeing struggles that were faced by many in the 1950's going into 1960's.
Side note; August Wilson wrote this play & it actually went on to be the Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
So job well DONE Viola & Denzel!