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Acrimony - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
May 10, 2018 - 5:40:37 PM

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You Always Hurt The Ones You Love.

 The slow disintegration of a relationship spanning the prime years of a couple’s life is looked on bitterly by one of the participants. As circumstances begin to change it is hard to see who is to blame as outside forces conspire to influence both of the once linked individuals in ways beneficial to their own needs and wants.

Melinda Moore-Gayle is a woman who believes she has squandered the best years of her life in a marriage that has brought her nothing in the way of sustainable happiness as she has sacrificed her potential. Robert Gayle is a man with an invention that he has spent most of his life perfecting with the hope of its success making all of his dreams come true, but has neglected his long suffering wife in the process. Diana Wells is the successful assistant to the venture capitalist Robert has been trying to get a meeting with for years to finance the mass production of his invention, but due to her history with him she is reluctant to help. June Moore is Melinda’s sister who has never liked her pairing with Robert and after finding iffy evidence of adultery seeks to drive a wedge between them to pair her with another.

Acrimony is a surprisingly good movie that works depending on your previous exposure to Tyler Perry movies as it takes the expected plot points and twist them around. This movie also works as it shines a light on the issue of mental illness in the black community as the story is told from the perspective of someone who doesn’t realize they suffer from it. The cast is able to deliver good performances that help sell the premise of the motion picture as we are given a plethora of flawed characters in this narrative. Tyler Perry show growth in his writing, producing and directing as this is one of his best looking films to date and even though the screenplay could have used some polishing it gave the audience a different perspective than what had been marketed. I do not want to get too much into spoiler territory, but if you can make it through the first hour there will be an abundance of twists on typical Tyler Perry Studios production tropes to make the viewing somewhat worth it (besides the ending.) I rate this movie a rating of 3 & 1/2 out of 5.

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