After seeing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", I just needed to get my hands on "Fences". Well. Now I've seen it.
While I still wait with baited breath for the rest of the cinematic adaptations of August Wilson's work, "Fences" is a loyal-to-a-fault adaptation of Wilson's play of the same name. It feels like a play, but without the benefit of being performed live. The acting is natural, and thus very good, but I didn't find the story to excite me like "Ma Rainey" did.
I think that the overriding theme between the two films is that rather than offering a satisfying denouement for the plot, resolution comes from the audience gaining a greater understanding of the characters within the plot. You don't see Troy get kicked out or die or anything super dramatic. It's almost Ozu-esque in the way the story jumps around at the end.
Really, I appreciate this one more than I actually found it interesting.