Antwone Fisher w/ Denzel Washington December 29 Rating: **** ** SPOILERS **
Whew. Thats all I can muster after seeing Antwone Fisher tonite. Well actually I can say alot more, it was incredible. Go see it right now, stop whatever you're doing and go see it. It even made it into my top ten. Of course I'm kinda biased cause Denzel was in it, and he directed it but he wasn't the star, Derek Luke was, and he was ON.
The opening scene starts as a dream with a young Fisher walking through a farm into a barn full of waiting family like 50-60 people. He makes his in to see a great feast prepared for him, he sits down and gets served fresh pancakes, his favorite meal. This becomes important later. Antwone Fisher is a troubled petty officer of the navy who gets into fights easily. He gets sent to the resident psychiatrist Dr. Davenport (Washington). It looks like Fisher has deep dark secrets and it takes weeks for him to open up to the Doctor. With some patience, Davenport finally gets him to talk about his parents. (Cue Flashback) He was born in a Womens Correctional Facilty since his mother was imprisoned there. He never had the opportunity to meet his father thanks to one of his dad's ex-girlfriends, who shot him to death. Since his mother was in jail he was sent to a foster "home". The foster home was as bad as one can imagine. His foster mother, Ms. Tate, (also black) refers to Antwone and his 2 foster brothers as "nigger", and each were beaten as regularly as meals were eaten. After a few more meetings, his required time wioth Davenport is up, although Fisher still wants to continue.
Meanwhile, Antwone becomes smitten with a navy woman Cheryl. After a few shy encounters, he finally asks her out. But on a night out with the boys they tease him about how they're never see him with a woman. Fisher can take only so much, and they come to blows. When Davenport finds out what happened, he meets him at the jail. He tries to find out why he's never been with a woman. (Flahback Music) When the mother takes Antwones foster borthers out, , He's left with his stepsister. She like to take advantage of Antwone in ways that make you wanna beat the crap out of her. Antwone is only 5 years old at the time.
After Antwone graduates from one of his classes, Davenport tells him that their sessions are once again over, and Fisher breaks down, he's tired of everyone leaving him, he tells a story about how when he came back home after living on the streets for a few years, he met up with his best friend. After spending the day together, his friends tries to hold up a 7-11 and is shot in the head and killed by the clerk, right in front of the shocked Antwone. After this final revelation, Davenport says that he's not going anywhere. This scene is so good that i KNOW i didn't do it justice here.
**Spoilers Ahead, go to the end** Fisher and Cheryl go to see Ms. Tate to find out about his parents and Antwone delivers the most memorable lines in the movie. Tate and her daughter are upset that he won't come in and give them respect for all they did for him. He says, "You tried to destroy me, I'm still Stong, I'm still Standing!" After that, Tate gives him a name. After some searching, he finds his Aunt on his fathers side. He finds out there that his Mother lives down the street. He makes a trip down there to find his mother completely shocked to see him, and can't even looks at him, he makes his peace and leaves. When he returns home to his Aunts house, everyone on his Fathers side is there waiting to see him with open arms. I mean like 50-60 people. All smiling and hugging and kissing. Love everywhere. When he makes his way into the kitchen, he see's a great dinner has been prepared. The elder family is sitting around the table greeting him, and he makes his way to presumable his Gradmother. She extents her hands, and whispers, "Welcome". Cue waterworks. I ain't afraid to say it, this one let the dam loose. It was such a clutch scene. And right after he sits down next to her, he gets served a fresh plate of pancakes from his Aunt. Sweet.
**Spoilers Over** Ok, go see this movie NOW! It rocked my world. I laughed, I cried, I'm gonna buy it when it comes out. Thanks for reading. ----------------------------------------------------
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