I finally watched Acrimony a movie produced, written and directed by Tyler Perry. If you haven’t watched it yet I suggest you stop reading now because there will be spoilers along the way. Acrimony means bitterness or ill feeling. The movie touches on issues I believe almost everyone has experienced in their life. You have felt jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, you have been heartbroken and it has taken over your entire life at some point. This movie brought flash backs of a time I was an angry black woman and never again will I allow a relationship to bring out the worst in me.
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The element that won me over during the movie was when Melinda was narrating life with her husband Robert. The part where she walked to the bathroom, looked into the mirror, washed her face, wiped it and they both went from young and energetic to 20 years older and Melinda more miserable than ever. That was a great way to transition the times.
Robert pissed the heck out of me the first parts of the movie. He was working tirelessly on his battery idea for 20 whole years while his wife worked not one but two jobs. I mean, this guy could surely have looked for part time work of sort to help out Melinda with the bills and upkeep but he didn’t. What made me even more upset was that he kept approaching the same organisation with his idea, surely there are plenty of other options, it’s 2018 for crying out loud!
The movie had great picture quality; Tyler Perry movies are almost always like this. However, parts of the movie had background elements that looked like it was shot in a studio. A great example is when Melinda and Robert go for a walk after her accident. I promise they could have done a better job by actually going outside instead of shooting that scene from who knows where. It looked so unreal.
The sound track was honestly making me feel sad and depressed. I suppose it helped to illustrate just how Melinda was feeling. I’m not sure if that’s what he was aiming for but it worked. I had to search for the movie playlist on YouTube and the artist is Nina Simone, I’m currently listening to some of her tracks while I type this.
The acting by Melinda (Taraji P. Henson) was fantastic, then again I’m biased towards her. I still call her “Cookie” her character from the series Empire. That’s the sort of impact she has on me. She played her role perfectly and managed to portray the image of a bitter ex to the tee.
The costumes were a yawn fest. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Whoever was doing the wardrobe was probably uninspired or working with a budget. I couldn’t steal a single idea for any look whatsoever. How disappointing.
I thought the movie was pretty okay until the end; the ending was horrible. The set for the boat scene a complete disaster. I’m assuming they shot it at a swimming pool because that’s what their budget afforded. Surely in this day and age there’s a way to work around this to make things more believable. The part that got me in stitches was when Melinda emerged from the water after being pushed over…she was back on the boat with the wedding gown she was wearing as dry as a bone and her hair still intact, didn’t she just get out of a whole ocean or sea or lake??? Oh wait, we agreed it’s a swimming pool from the looks of things.
Tyler Perry had an opportunity to dig deep into mental health issues but it only ended at; “Have you heard of Borderline Personality Disorder?”. I had hoped he would shed more light on the subject. Mental health is already a subject that’s hushed about in the black community and he could have done a world of difference but chose to just mention it in passing. I’ve gone through phases of mental health issues myself (Depression In Pregnancy , My Battle With Suicidal Thoughts) I know how society makes light of the subject, I was completely let down by watching the topic swept under the carpet. Melinda had a mental illness that went untreated and it’s a damn shame that she died in the end and never got any help.
To wrap it up, I’d say watch this movie in the comfort of your home. Don’t worry yourself by going to watch it from the big screen because on a scale of 0-10 I rate it at 6. At least if you don’t like it enough you can press stop and watch something else. Tyler Perry wrote, directed and produced this movie, that’s a very big deal. In my opinion input from other writers for his script this would have made Acrimony a 10 outta 10 movie.