Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Moonlight Sonata plays with a visual of a woman, scorned, and fed up with her nonsense husband. Taraji P. Henson, as Melinda sits on a love seat, confessing her marital woes to who seems to be therapist.
Tyler Perry's Acrimony trailer opening music immediately sets the mood for what is to come, melancholy and carefully paced.
“Every time a black woman gets mad it’s a stereotype” – Melinda – Acrimony
The language in the opening can suggest this marital issue of infidelity and betrayal with get ugly as the film progresses. Henson’s portrays Melinda. Her husband, Robert (Lyriq Bent - She's Gotta Have It) seems to have left her for someone else and breaks the news that he will be marrying the other woman. It also shows them in court, suggesting that Melinda was already done with divorce proceedings when she was told the news.
Throughout the trailer we see various clips of Taraji sabotaging wedding plans, like gassing a bridal boutique. Melinda continues to make threats, alluding to possible demise of the other woman.
Tyler Perry has explored this stigma, which he's received criticism and praise for, the "angry black woman" in the movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman where the woman has every right to be angry with the circumstances and malicious actions taken against her. I have the feeling Taraji’s common role of the strategic aggressor in most films/shows (Empire and Proud Mary) sets the tone for how her performance In Acrimony. Furthermore, Tyler Perry’s choice of title gives us all a lesson on words. When I heard of the title, I immediately thought of the word “alimony” or matrimony”. Turns out, these are totally different things. Acrimony is a descriptive word or bitterness or anger not necessary related to marriage. (Read more on acrimony here)
English lessons aside, the film seems to be full of the bitterness the title describes, drama, suspense, and action. Acrimony is set to hit theaters March 30th.