Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.
To the outside world, the Maxsons live contented lives: Troy (Denzel Washington) has just won the right to become the city’s first non-white driver in the sanitation department; his wife of seventeen years, Rose (Viola Davis), looks after the family home, keeping it spotless and always ready with a good hot meal while looking after the finances; and a teenage son, Cory (Jovan Adepo) who is doing well enough in the school football team that college talent scouts are considering giving him a place.
A couple of decades after his own dreams of joining major league baseball because he was deemed too old by the time African-American players are admitted, Troy is still bitter about the path that “could have been” and takes out his resentment on Cory. He refuses to let Cory play football and insists he spend his “spare” time working to support the family. Continue reading