Reel Reviews

The setup is that not enough of you have seen this particular movie yet. This is a devastating fact.  The movie is Antwone Fisher.  The man that is portrayed in the film wrote this beautiful piece.  Oscar winner Denzel Washington directed and co-starred in this piece.  Derek Luke did  a phenomenal job as Antwone.
Here is the skinny.  The movie is based on a true story about a man that was faced to deal with his child hood demons.  While Antwone Fisher was a young sailor he was prone to violent outbursts.  Mr. Fisher was very close to being kicked out of the Navy when he was sent to a naval psychiatrist, played by Denzel Washington, for a psychological evaluation.  Breaking down the walls to get through to the truth became a struggle but young Antwone was in a race against time.  The story within the story sends you through a tale that propels you into a whirlwind of emotions as the secrets of Antwone’s life are revealed.  Once Antwone finds possible reasons for the way that he deals with things as an adult the naval psychiatrist suggests that Antwone confront his past that caused him so much trouble.  As part of the healing process Antwone begins the journey to find the family that he never knew.
Denzel Washington has made one of the finest movies that I have seen in a long time.  The way that the story weaves in and out of the past and present tense is nearly flawless.  The emotions bring you to the brink without sending you over the edge.    Once you experience this one you will be filled with emotion to the point that you may want to shed a tear.   However it will be tears of joy for the triumph of a man.  Fellas do go into this thinking this is just another chick flick.  This is truly a piece that us fellas could probably learn a thing or two from.  We may not have had a life that Mr. Fisher lived and we may not be dealing with things in such a violent manner but we all could learn a lesson about redemption and forgiveness on the road to healing.
The bottom line is that you would be doing yourself a disservice if you do not support this movie.  This film has substance and a real plot with twist and turns.  This movie is an entertaining, thought provoking, intellectual piece.  Check out a little something that would be a positive addition to your life.
That is my word for what’s on the screen.  I’m Melik; you can check me out each Wednesday day night on the TV show Time Slot at 6:30 PM on AT & T Broadband channel 16 in the Lansing, MI viewing area.
February 23, 2003 – March 8, 2003 Edition