A phenomenal Denzel Washington performance with an equally amazing Viola Davis leave you crushed by the time Fences reaches its conclusion. An actors showcase if ever there was one, Washington gets to put himself and his considerable talents front and centre as he rages through his many - mostly bitter and motivated by previous hardships - speeches. Sometime after the halfway mark Davis takes centre stage, not really letting go until the credits roll.
It is not an easy film, but it is so masterfully done, so subtly directed and beautifully staged that I couldn't look away even if it was for a second. Brilliant.