A Must-Not See: ‘Tyler Perry’s Acrimony’

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

In Tyler Perry’s newest film, Taraji P. Henson stars as Melinda Moore-Gayle, a hardworking wife who grows tired of her husband’s unwillingness to work due to his fixation with his rechargeable battery invention that has gone nowhere for the past 18 years.

Shortly after Melinda finally divorces her husband Robert (Lyriq Bent), he sells his battery invention, becomes a multi-millionaire, and finds a new wife (who he previously had cheated on Melinda with when they first started dating). Watching Robert and his new wife live the life Melinda believes she deserves after supporting Robert for all those years causes her to become furious and all hell breaks loose.

For me, this film lacked in pretty much every way. The plot was ridiculous and not at all believable. The whole battery obsession I found odd, and then the fact that it sold and he became a millionaire directly after their divorce was even more ridiculous.

The film skips over 18 years of time at one point and literally nothing has changed which I find very hard to believe. By the end, I just couldn’t believe what I was watching. I kept finding myself thinking, “oh my God how is there more?”

The film was supposed to have a very serious tone, but the story was so absurd that I just couldn’t take any of it seriously. The film also made several lame attempts at comedy that just fell flat and were completely cringeworthy.

The set was so poorly done it was almost comedic. Almost every outdoor scene was done in front of a green screen and it was very easy to tell. At times it felt more like a bad YouTube video than a film in theaters.

One of the biggest downfalls of this film for me was the fact that I found myself not caring about any of the characters. I wasn’t really rooting for any of them. Part of this was due to the fact that the acting was very forced which made it hard to engage with any of the characters. Henson’s acting was the only one that was even somewhat redeemable, while the rest were forcing  emotions.

I started out somewhat sympathetic to Melinda because she is so hardworking, but then she grows into this psychotic, jealous woman who will stop at nothing to get the life she thinks she is entitled to. She goes to completely unnecessary and extreme lengths to try and get her way back into Robert’s life after she divorced him and he gave her a portion of his earnings even though they were already divorced. Robert’s character was just stagnant and I never really knew where he stood or what he wanted. Melinda’s entire family was very hypocritical and didn’t really contribute much to the story.

The general progression of the story was very odd. It was framed with random dictionary entries of words that describe Melinda’s feelings at any given point in the movie. For instance, the movie starts with a dictionary entry for the word acrimony which means bitterness or ill feeling. Everytime one of these came up on the screen it just felt very out of place to me, especially since it takes nearly half the movie for the second one to pop up. I think this could have been an interesting element if it was used more consistently, but it wasn’t.

Overall, Tyler Perry’s Acrimony did one thing right: the title. Because I definitely left with a general bitterness and a strong ill feeling.

My Rating: 33%

Acting: 1.5/4

Cinematography: 1/4

Story: 1.3/4

Enjoyability: 1.5/4


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