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Antwone Fisher
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by EricDSnider

"You've seen this movie before, but you sorta liked it, so maybe it's OK."
4 stars

Movies like "Antwone Fisher" serve a noble purpose in that they tell true stories of strong-willed people who have overcome obstacles. They are inspiring, and they tend to make you cry at the end.

The downside is that they tend to seem the same after a while, especially since they always come out at the same time of year. "Antwone Fisher" is as slickly produced and sentimental as its most recent predecessors, "A Beautiful Mind" and "Finding Forrester," with a lot of glossy emotion surrounding a few minutes of gritty realism, all underscored by a stirring soundtrack that goes heavy on the horns. I don't mean to say it's not good; just that it's nothing you haven't seen before.

Antwone Fisher is a real person, and he wrote the screenplay about his own life. He is played in the film by newcomer Derek Luke, whose strident, shining performance is the movie's most admirable quality. It is hard not to like Antwone Fisher the character, even if "Antwone Fisher" the movie is not especially noteworthy.

In the film, Antwone is a Navy man, sent to a military psychiatrist after a series of violent outbursts and antisocial behavior. The psychiatrist, Dr. Davenport, is played by Denzel Washington, who also directed the film. I cannot imagine the personable Denzel failing to get ANYONE to open up to him, and sure enough, though it takes a few weeks of silence, Antwone finally begins to tell the story of his difficult childhood.

His father was killed a few months before Antwone was born, and he never knew his mother. He spent most of his youth in the home of a fire-and-brimstone preacher and his abusive wife (Novella Nelson), who took in foster children but failed to love them. The Navy was an escape, but now he is plagued by personal demons that have affected his ability to relate to women.

Washington's directorial debut is solid. He does not attempt anything flashy or unusual, choosing instead to tell his straightforward story in a straightforward manner. His actors are good, the pace is steady. It's a promising debut.

Most of the film deals with Antwone's efforts, with Davenport's help, to heal himself and face the world. The third act sends him in search of his mother, whom he has never had any contact with. You may rest assured that Antwone triumphs over adversity, and that you will need a Kleenex handy when he does.

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User Comments

11/22/08 Shaun Wallner Awesome Story! 5 stars
3/03/08 ladavies I thought it followed the book pretty closely. Not bad. 4 stars
12/12/06 Samantha it dragged on a bit but it was still a good watch! 4 stars
5/09/06 Lorena Gutierrez it was a great movie and it made me think about real life. 5 stars
12/10/05 Sarah Warren I think that every child should watch this movie. 5 stars
9/13/05 Total Crap Excellent movie. "I could watch" Heheh. 5 stars
4/10/05 christins its really really good and worth watching!! 5 stars
11/27/04 Matt C great story, great acting... moving experience 5 stars
11/22/04 Cassie It is a movie worth seeing. 5 stars
10/21/04 Cassy nowan was a good movie 3 stars
7/08/04 rod wilson great writing,directing &acting. a great film 5 stars
6/05/04 jamal this is one of the best. movie was inspiring, derek luke and denzel was great. 5 stars
5/17/04 NNOCHIRIONYE OJIRIKA It is worth watching several times. 4 stars
12/14/03 lisa wonderful 5 stars
10/11/03 Jinnvisible Mr. washingtons understated direction is of note here, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,watch that chair 4 stars
9/25/03 Leticia Aguero Excellant, Excellant!!!! 5 stars
5/31/03 rien stewart this movie and book was excellent. i can relate to this book alot so it really had my heart 5 stars
3/06/03 earl duron a lifetime movie of the week at best 3 stars
2/27/03 Elizabeth It was the best movie I have ever seen! 5 stars
2/14/03 Andrew Carden Despite The Great Derek Luke, The Film Is Overlong and Tiredsome. 2 stars
2/12/03 Brian It was great 5 stars
1/18/03 Goofy Maxwell Modern-day slave narrative gives a voice & role model to young, black males. 4 stars
1/16/03 Movieman How could anyone rate this movie Fucking Awesome? PLLLLEEEAASSE 2 stars
1/13/03 Fran Great screenplay, fantastic book, read the book! 5 stars
1/10/03 KG You have never seen this movie before, don't be fooled. go see it 5 stars
1/05/03 ownerofdajoint all about change and what a horrible mess we've made of this world... 5 stars
12/31/02 ownerofdajoint goseethisflickit'sarealdealfeelgoodstory 5 stars
12/27/02 miller loved it 5 stars
12/22/02 jason loved this movie. one of the best 5 stars
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