Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Why do I love this so much? August Wilson’s plays are rich, poetic, wordy affairs tinged with music, the magical nature of myth, and symbolic elements that work extremely well as live theater. Since theater is an intimate medium, the general consensus on translating plays to screen is to “open up” the play, which quite often destroys the natural fabric of the work. The masterful thing about Denzel Washington’s direction here is that he doesn’t exactly open up the play. Instead, he opens up the visual frame around the players. Still, the play like quality predominates, and there are ALOT of words, that is for sure. Washington's character, the age of my grandparents, is unlikable for very real reasons that help frame modern day life for African Americans.