The last 6 weeks have been a great time for film lovers. After a pretty so-so summer, we’ve had a raft of great films including Captain Fantastic, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Kubo and the Two Strings, Swiss Army Man, Hell or High Water, the list goes on.
The next period to look forward to is the end of the year, when awards season gets in full swing, and the Oscar bait comes flying at us. With that in mind, we have been given the first trailer for Fences.
Directed by Denzel Washington, based on a 1983 play written by August Wilson (who also wrote the film’s screenplay), Fences feels like something truly special right from the off.
I haven’t seen a more impactful trailer this year, and the emotion it wrings from a single moment (1:30) is the kind of magic that only comes along a couple of times a year (if we’re lucky).
Sometimes you can just tell a film is going to go down as one of the important ones; a classic. I feel like Fences is going to have to do something terribly wrong to not do just that.
I also feel like both Denzel and Viola Davis are a shoo-in for an Oscar nod, I may even be willing to wager a win for both of them (they already picked up Tony awards for their performances in the stage version back in 2010).
The trailer indicates a Christmas release for Fences, and hopefully that goes for the UK too. Historically we Brits tend to have to endure a four to six week wait, following US release, for awards worthy films, but with global releases ever more prevalent, we can keep our fingers crossed for Fences in time for Santa’s annual outing.
It’s at the top of my Christmas wishlist!