Robbie K back with yet another movie review this weekend, this time on a more dramatic film that promises to get the audience screaming “Oh no she didn’t!” The legendary writer/director Tyler Perry brings yet another piece to try to entertain, in hopes of making a dent in the box office. Will it work? Please read on to find out as I analyze:
Title: Tyler Perry’s Acrimony
Presentation: Acrimony’s delivery is nothing super unique, but it is also a little off the beaten path from what I have seen in the past. Told during the perspective of a meeting, Acrimony’s main tale is told through the voice of Henson while the scene plays out. The voice over works, as it acts like an internal conscience describing the feelings of her character, adding comedy and a little heat to an already boiling situation.
Acting: Tyler Perry’s plays require good acting to bring his… unique characters to life and fortunately the main cast does a great job of bringing those too life. All the supporting cast play their part well in this soap opera, but the main cast are the ones who really make it shine. Henson no doubt carries much of the film and portrays the mental breakdown of a scorned woman quite well in regards to delivering the lines, holding the bewildered eyes, and even the mannerisms. Meanwhile, Lyriq Bent has a fantastic transition over the course of the movie, with a fantastic ability to play the complex Robert and spur the crowd on. The chemistry between these two is very melodramatic, but it fits well with Perry’s work to illicit drama into the mix.
The Twist: I went in expecting the movie to be yet another drama, that was all about overreacting, cheating, and insulting one another. Truth is it was, but the movie was much more different than what the trailer presented. Perry’s twist on presentation had things a little more engaging, a deeper psychological thriller that made you wonder how far down the rabbit hole the cast was going to fall. I can’t reveal much more, but let’s just say this movie is darker than you might get from the trailers… you’ve been warned.
The Pacing: My fellow audience members agreed that the pacing of this movie was way off. Acrimony gets applause for being detailed, however the initial opening was a little long winded, unnecessarily delaying the journey to the climactic drama at hand. Even worse, Perry sometimes goes into such painstakingly details one might think they were reading a Tolkien book. This slows the movie down considerably and adds unnecessary length to the movie that could have benefitted from other areas.
Ridiculous: Perry’s dramas are often melodramatic, lust filled, journeys that feign the idea of true love. However, they usually are grounded in reality and keep the coincidences to a minimum. In this case, not so much, as Acrimony takes the ridiculous moments and amplifies them to levels that we see in Lifetime. The over the top crying, the aggressive acts, and even the stunts of the bewildered characters are so out there that it destroyed the reality basis of this movie for cheap thrills. And while I appreciate the twist…. Its central focus was a little too farfetched to hold my favor, again belonging as a made for television movie in regards to quality and stereotypical soap opera behavior.
The Writing/Production Quality: Acrimony is not the flashiest or most impressive visual work to grace the theater. It’s rather simplistic shots, lack of music/sound editing, and even the design of all the sequences themselves are not the prettiest production. Even worse is the semi-lazy writing contained within this film. There are some funny, edgy lines that are perfectly designed to represent the frustration of the main character. Other times, it’s just mindless swearing, that feels like nothing but a giant rage fest that feels more like a temper tantrum than a respectable expression of frustration. While this may be the closer representation of the real world, it isn’t the most engaging dialog I’ve ever seen…or the most original.
Acrimony is not what you are expecting in terms of plot, but nevertheless it delivers the package of being the melodramatic, Tyler Perry adventures we’ve come to know. Despite a strong acting and presentation though, the movie really doesn’t deliver the same punch his previous work does outside of a shock factor and sewing future seeds for GIF videos. Still, if you are looking for a movie this weekend to get your drama factor on, this movie will satisfy it, but otherwise, go to a better movie like Ready Player One to maximize your funds.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 4.0