Fences ★★★★

I figured out real early that this must be based on a play, because it feels very much like one - it's really just a handful of long-running scenes with dense and literary dialogue between a small group of people. But that cuts things down to the minimum, and we're left with a profound story, told over the course of a decade. Sweet and powerful.

While it is on one hand a portrait of an imperfect and ultimately broken man, he does wear fucking awesome hats, and shares 16oz of gin with his friend in the backyard every Friday. So he's a hero of sorts, too.