What happens when you’ve invested in something or someone and that person or idea doesn’t yield the results you expected it would? That ROI just doesn’t measure up and you’re stuck with the consequences. Well on March 30th, Tyler Perry sought to answer and explore that scenario with his latest film release, Acrimony. Backed by stars that have been featured in various Tyler Perry productions and featuring Hollywood’s beloved diva on the hit show Empire, Taraji P. Henson, the cast expertly acted out the realities of what happens when time, chance and opportunity pass on separate timeframes.
Laced with familial situations that many women and men could possibly relate to, Acrimony comes to light at a very pivotal time where relationships and the gender roles have swiftly shifted in America. With the inclusion of women’s rights and upward mobility in the work world, Acrimony shows how some couples fall into the trappings of not being emotional and physically supportive when it required in life. Although the movie was entirely based on the lead characters perspective which was the female lead, it could easily be followed and supported by anyone of the characters. I also feel that Perry’s intention with the film was to create a conversation about these types of issues in relationships as well as issues of mental illnesses that alarmingly go untreated and ignored in the black community.
In the end, as the movie progresses through, the audience is taken for an emotional rollercoaster ride that makes it hard to side completely with one person. Both characters had their flaws and both characters were equally to blame. I even feel that the film misses a few key elements that weren’t addressed towards the film’s ending. But, it was definitely a cinematic change for Perry in that Acrimony was his second thriller-based film released and was for the most part devoid a very heavily based religious and spiritual reference. I’d also like to note that this was Perry’s second Rated R film in over eight years. Overall, I enjoyed the cinematic experience of Acrimony over the Easter weekend. I would recommend seeing this movie with a friend or significant other so that you have someone to bounce commentary and dialogue off with. If you haven’t seen the film and you are due for a good psychological thriller then Acrimony is the film just for you.
Overall Rating: 4/5