It seems that the older a really famous actor gets in Hollywood, the worse their roles in movies become. Robert De Niro comes to the forefront of my mind when I try to think about prime examples of older actors agreeing to do movies just because there’s a very large paycheck involved. I can’t blame them, but I miss the days when De Niro was solely known for being the quintessential tough guy.
Denzel Washington hasn’t quite gone the route of De Niro, just taking any and every offer that comes across his desk, but the last few movies he’s put out have been pretty big stinkers. 2 Guns and The Equalizer come to mind, but the trailer for Fences (a movie based on a critically acclaimed play of the same name) just came out this morning and it’s definitely going to be on every Best Picture/Best Actor Oscar Awards list this year.
The story centers around Denzel Washington’s character struggling to provide for his family in 1950s Pittsburgh. Every single scene in the Broadway play takes place in the backyard of the families home so if the movie is exactly like the play it could be incredibly slow. But Denzel is directing it and he’s a top five actor of all time so I’m not super worried about it.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (who are both starring in the movie) did a Broadway revival of Fences and got nominated for 10 Tony Awards. They both went on to win the leading acting categories, and even from that short trailer this movie just looks to be very intense and tough to watch. The fact that I’ll have to wait until December 25th to see this one is a little disappointing but I’ll get over it.
I like a lot of stupid things, but Oscar Season is admittedly one of the dumbest. Can’t wait to fork over twelve dollars to go see this in the theater and then speculate about who is going to win what. This one will be worth the price of admission. .
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