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Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney

OUR RATING: ★★★½

Story: Drama directed by and starring Denzel Washington based on a play of the same name. The story is set in 1950s and follows an African American father, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington), a former league baseball player, now working as a waste collector, who struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise and provide for his family and come to terms with the events of his life.

Verdict: A very well acted dialogue-based movie, great performances from Washington and Davis. As great as the dialogue and acting is there are definitely moments when it felt flat, you could feel sometimes that this was a stage play adaptation and it felt stagnated. Not sure how much more Washington could have done to make it translate more into a feature-length movie from a stage play, but regardless it’s worth seeing just for the performances and dialogue.

REVIEWS

 

Best Quotes     (Total Quotes: 16)


 

Troy: When I first met this woman, I saw Rose and I latched onto her. I told her, “Baby, I don’t want to marry, I just want to be your man.” Rose told me…
Rose: I told him, “If he wasn’t the marrying kind then move out the way so the marrying kind could find me.”
Troy: That’s what she told me. “You’re in my way, you’re blocking the view, move out the way so I can find me a husband.”


 

Troy: [to Rose] Where’s Cory? I want him to help me with this fence.


 

Cory: Hey, pop?
Troy: Hm.
Cory: Can I ask you a question? How come you ain’t never liked me?
Troy: Like you? What law is there to say I got to like you?
Cory: None.
Troy: Alright then. Don’t you eat everyday?
[Cory looks down]
Troy: Answer me when I talk to you. Don’t you eat everyday?
Cory: Yeah.
Troy: As long as you’re in my house you put a “sir” on the end of it when you talk to me.
Cory: Yes, sir.
Troy: You eat everyday.
Cory: Yes, sir.
Troy: You got a roof over your head.
Cory: Yes, sir.
Troy: You got clothes on your back.
Cory: Yes, sir.
Troy: Why do you think that is?
Cory: Because of you.
[Troy chuckles]
Troy: Hell, I know it’s because of me, but why do you think that is?
Cory: Because you like me?
Troy: Like you. I go out every morning, I bust my butt because I like you. You’re about the biggest fool I ever saw. A man is supposed to take care of his family, you live in my house, fill your belly with my food, put your behind on my bed, because you’re my son. It’s my duty to take care of you, I owe a responsibility to you. I ain’t got to like you. Now I done everything I got to give you, I gave you your life! Me and your mama worked that out between us and liking your black ass wasn’t part of the bargain. Now don’t you go through life worrying about whether somebody like you or not. You best be making sure that they’re doing right by you! Do you understand what I’m saying?


 

Rose: [to Troy] Everything that boy do he do for you.


 

Rose: He got recruited by college football team.
Troy: It ain’t going to get him nowhere.


 

[referring to Cory]
Jim Bono: If he be like you in the sports then he’s gonna be alright. It ain’t but two men that ever placed baseball as good as you.
Troy: And what did it ever get me? I aint’ got a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.


 

Lyons: [to Troy] Cory’s just trying to fill out your shoes.


 

Troy: I don’t want him to be like me. I want to him to get as far away from my life as he possibly can get. You’re the only decent thing that ever happened to me, Rose.


 

Rose: You can’t be nobody but who you are Troy. That’s all you got to measure yourself against the world out there.


 

Troy: Rose, I got something to tell you. I don’t know how to tell you this.


 

Rose: Why, Troy? Why?
Troy: He ought to know it was time.
Rose: I don’t want to know, dammit!


 

Cory: What did you ever get me?
Troy: Your feet! Them bones, that pumping heart!
Cory: You ain’t never done nothing but hold me back, afraid I was going to be better than you!


 

Troy: I done learned my mistake and I learned to do what’s right by it. You still trying to get something for nothing. Life don’t owe you nothing. You owe it to yourself. Ask Bono, he’ll tell you I’m right.


 

Troy: It’s not easy for me to admit that I’ve been standing in the same place for eighteen years!
Rose: Well, I’ve been standing with you! I gave eighteen years of my life to stand in the same spot as you! I got a life too! Don’t you think I had dreams and hopes! What about my life! What about me!


 

Jim Bono: Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.


 

Jim Bono: I been following you, too. I done learned a whole heap of things about life watching you. I done learned how to tell where the shit lies. How to tell it from the alfalfa. You done learned me a lot of things. Showed me how to not make the same mistakes, to take life as it come along, keep putting one foot in front of the other.


Total Quotes: 16

 

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