Acrimony is an intentional reminder of how swift love can become a crime. It lays heavy emphasis on how everyone is a user, and why most times the choice of whom we choose to be with or roll with is influenced by what we tend to gain from them. As a relationship consultant, I have been exposed to relative scenarios, most of which birth countless questions with indefinite answers. The biggest one being: who was wrong?
It is easy to apportion blame, easier because it was a motion on screen with an expression of real emotions. All the actors brought their A game, Melinda (Taraji) especially, killed it. Acrimony is a battle triangle between love, dreams and anger. I once told my friend that it is easier for a woman to trust a successful man. He tried to counter by ranking love over a trust, but I was sure to remind him that without a level of trust, love always suffers.
Did Robert love Melinda?
I think he loves his dream more and drowned in the idea that the realization of his dreams will breathe life into his love for Melinda. His gravest mistake was using her as a ladder to his dreams without the slightest show of appreciation. All she wanted was for him to get a side job to assist her support the family. Melinda loved him, else she wouldn’t have given her life away in the manner that she did. 18 years of persevering, she could have walked away before it got so bad, but she believed in him and his dreams.
Melinda wanted attention, romance, and mental push; that was all Robert’s love meant to her. He saw it otherwise; he painted a luxurious idea of love and made her buy it. He made his dream her burden. It is true that she was a bitter soul with deranged anger. Everyone has a dark side; his love could have kept her in check. He made his work his wife and made his wife an option. Her wrath, in the end, was an accumulation of 18 years of fruitlessness. Some people marry when they fall in love; others fall in love after marriage. Robert didn’t marry for love; he saw an opportunity he couldn’t pass on.
Was he wrong to pursue his dreams? No. He was wrong to shut her out under the same roof. There is nothing a woman hates more than being ignored. Their relationship was a lie made beautiful.
Should he have taken the initial offer of $800,000? Yes. It wasn’t good enough but it was more than he needed to hold his family together. He was selfish. She got her divorce, thanks to her sisters. His dream became a big reality, thanks to Diana.
They both made a mess. $10,000,000 plus the house is a worthy compensation. She wanted more, not more money, the life he promised her. He could have sent the cheque and stayed away but he was foolish enough to go to her office and declare, “I love you,” with a flower. He awakened the beast she has laid to rest for over 18 years. It broke her heart to see him go away with the woman that made her injure her uterus. Robert could have lived a quiet life, somewhere else, but he chose to stare right in her face: absolute disrespect!
Melinda’s anger is crazy but so was her love, intense. Like a wildfire, her love was consumed by the hate he created. She could have walked away; rather she became obsessed with the idea of the life Robert was giving Diana and sought vengeance. We all get angry, she went too far. I am not surprised it cost her, her life.
Tyler Perry did great with this one. The story has strong themes that connect marriage, obligation, relationship, love, lies, and revenge. I liked the film and I’d rate it 6 out of 10.