Tyler Perry’s latest movie, Acrimony, left me both laughing and uneasy (partly because I have an obnoxious tendency to laugh at moments most people take too seriously) and the underlying issues were real and relatable.
Perry is known for his “Angry Black Woman” narratives which we all can appreciate and dislike simultaneously, but this story is a bit different. This movie foretells the love story of young fearless Melinda and indefatigable Robert who both meet at college. It’s safe to assume the typical love story, boy meets girl, they get married and then infidelity is introduced. This story takes a slightly unique approach.
The movie, mostly told from Melinda’s perspective seems captivating and there were quite a few of draw-dropping moments. As Melinda tells her side of the story that involved a lot of love and sacrifice, I sympathized with her feelings. In a relationship, women are naturally givers of their emotions. And some of us love hard, sometimes too hard. Love isn’t love until you sacrifice, so they say. However, this level of sacrifice takes love to another level.
Later in the movie, you learn to appreciate Robert’s side of the story. His perspective sheds a little personality on Melinda’s reality. Let’s just say that someone suggested that Melinda struggled with mental illness.
Now, the ending (I’ll pause for dramatic effect). As Melinda wraps up her version of the story, she evolves into separate phases which explains her mental condition at the moment. Perry’s intentional focus on mental health plays a key role in the film, but it also reiterates our natural responses to stressful and sometimes unbearable moments.
Instead of reaching out when we’re in need, sometimes we rest on the solitude and drown in our own sorrows and pity. If you’re lucky, you survive. Depression, anger, personality disorders, etc. are people’s cry for help. Sometimes we’re heard and then there are moments when we’re misunderstood or judged, and we swell back into our shells.
In my opinion, Perry’s surface lesson was this: there are moments in life that can lead to bitterness, jealousy, envy, strife, and loneliness. In the end, it’s better to forgive before it’s too late.