Antwone Fisher ★★★

Antwone Fisher’s inspirational story may be worthy of cinematic adaptation, but this movie occasionally borders on being distractingly manipulative, which detracts from the power inherent in the story. Derek Luke’s shining, nuanced portrayal of Fisher makes the viewer sympathize with and care about him; Denzel Washington directs the movie in a straightforward manner (it is his directorial debut), and he also gives a solid routine performance. "Antwone Fisher" is not very remarkable, and it contains some formulaic ingredients, but it still manages to be affecting.