Just fresh off of her action packed crime thriller Proud Mary, released back in January of this year; Taraji P. Henson just can’t seem to stay off the big screen. Reunited with director Tyler Perry for their 3rd movie together 2nd playing the lead, Henson delivers a performance full of fire, passion, anger, ill feeling, resentment, malice, hostility, and bitterness in her latest film. All of that emotion describes the term Acrimony, which is the title of the movie. They picked the perfect person to display all the above and she does it with style in this thriller. I love seeing Henson on screen big and small and while this film shows how much determination she puts into these films, this character somehow stems from a script that puts her over the top in a familiar way you see in Perry’s films.
Before I decided to write this review, I had to see it twice. I also wanted to get different perspectives on the movie from someone else. So I saw the movie twice with two different people and this movie just brings out so many thoughts and conversation. It is not cut and dry as you think. This is a very complex story. I mean, it’s about relationships and what is more complex than that. Never black and white, always a grey area. Some of the emotions I was feeling during this movie were sadness, anger, frustration, disappointment. There were just so many things that happened that could have went the other way and these two love birds could have lived happily ever after.
Happy MLK Day everyone. I wanted to bring you my thoughts on the movie Proud Mary a.k.a. one of Tina Turner’s best hits. Now I know most of you are asking one of the following questions: “This movie is out already?” or “I have never heard of it, what’s it about?”. These are fair questions. Do to the lack of exposure in advertisement, I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone knew about this movie until it was too late. I have seen the trailer on multiple movies and a poster here and there. The trailer itself didn’t really give much to the story, which I will get into later. First let me tell you about the movie you probably never heard of.
“She is not one to be played with.” picture via rogerebert.com
Taraji P. Henson, known to most people as Cookie Lyon on the hit drama “Empire” on Fox, plays a woman named Mary, naturally. She is a hit woman working for Benny (Danny Glover). Benny is a mob boss or drug lord with his own territory along with other rival crews looking to take over everything. Mary just happens to put a hit on a bookie who owed some money but unbeknownst to Mary, this man has a son and she refuses to kill a child. Fast Forward a year later and the child is working for one of the rival gangs against Benny. The kid is Danny, played by Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who did a great job I might add is not doing so well physically and mentally running around as an errand boy, Mary takes him in to take care of him as to make amends for her sins. This act causes her world and life to be altered as she now has to face the realization that she wants more out of life then the one she has been used to most of her life. Add a bunch of assassin like gun play, some catchy r&b soul tunes, and Henson’s “I’m not playing boy” attitude and you got yourself an action drama.
Based on a true story, Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe brings the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson respectfully to life as three extraordinary women who were involved with the first men launched into space as well as accomplishing a lot for women, people of color, and woman of color. According to IMDB.com, The synopsis for Hidden Figures :
“As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.”