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Do fences keep the bad out and the good in? Or do they put us in a box we can’t get out of?
Rose, Troy’s better half may have done just that. Had the fence built that boxed her in.
Wife of Troy, a baseball great in his own eyes, only privy to play in the negro leagues because of the times. She is more than a homemaker, she is a bridge builder who has stood true to her vows of for better or worse, for richer or poorer.
She represents the good in all women. The love, sacrifice, and hard work to make it all, work.
She is a mother figure and truly loves all of Troy’s children, even the two that are not hers. Seemingly, more than Troy even does. Essentially, she is a married, single mother.
Troy, played by Denzel Washington, with three different children, by three different women, and no real connection to any of his offspring.
He can be stubborn, selfish and, at times, seemingly destructive. Appearing to not truly be able to love anyone, or anything but his beloved wife Rose.
That is, until he shows us that even she is subject to the “crookeds”, as well as the “straights”.
Played by the uber-talented Viola Davis, Rose made her choice. The fence she wanted to keep Troy in, ultimately was the fence that boxed her in.
The same fence was the fence that Troy thought he could use to fight off and keep death at bay.
But the reality is, and will always be, that no fence can keep in someone who does not want to be kept any more than it can stop death from showing up at the door when the time comes.
I went to see Fences in the theater when it first came out. I’m not a movie theater person, so when I choose to make my way to the theater it means I really wanted to or needed to see the film.
Both were true for this one.
Now that it is available on DVD I couldn’t help but to watch it again from the comfort of my own couch. To fully digest everything in it.
So many themes are present:
imparting limiting beliefs onto children as result of our own past experiences or fears.
a father missing the lives of their children whether they are inside or outside of the home. In this case, both are true.
The woman who holds it all together for the sake of her family. Holding true to her vows through hurt and her own pain. Still making sure that everyone is given the love and respect she feels they deserve.
Fences is a screenplay adaptation of the play written by the legendary August Wilson. It is out on Blue-Ray & DVD NOW!