A Fall From Grace (Netflix, Tyler Perry) 2020 – spoilers!

I watched this movie last night, and I’m glad I did so before reading reviews because as you’ll read in this one and this one (WARNING: both links contain movie spoilers), when the movie ends, we are left with a lot of thoughts and questions.

I’ll try not to reveal anything that gives the movie away so you can make a judgement for yourself whether to watch it or not, but I do think it’s worth watching just to see if you can pick apart the story and the way it’s told. PS. I love Cicely Tyson. I wanted to like the movie and there are parts of it I did in fact like, but overall I was full of questions. OK, I do have a spoiler. The woman at the center of the whole story marries a younger dude, and then he turns out to be a real punk and basically just married her for her money. He “knows the law” so he orchestrated his relationship with her so that he can benefit monetarily. That’s sorta the plot of the whole movie, but soon after this, we, as the audience, find out he’s up to no good there’s a scene of him cheating on his wife in their house. I’m going to have to look this up, but isn’t marriage infidelity a legitimate legal reason for divorce and/or not sharing spousal assets? So this guy, since he cheated, would no longer have any rights to the property or wealth of his wife, right?

There were also about 73 times I thought to myself, “Why is this woman not secretly recording everything her husband is saying?” Doesn’t someone always secretly record something in these kinds of movies?? And as soon as she figured it out, the con-man was nothing but extremely truthful about every single thing he did… and why he was doing it. It’s almost harder to NOT record him, he’s confessing so much and so often.

Then there’s the music. I’ll be kind and say most of the score/soundtrack was good. It either added to the story or was unnoticed (unnoticed in that it didn’t distract from the telling of the story). But a handful of times, I must say the sound effects and music were straight out of a 1970s thriller movie. Woman grabs a knife [insert dramatic violin stinger here]. It made me laugh every time it happened, which was more than once.

Those were the only times I laughed, that I can remember. Tyler Perry’s usually good at blending humor into his movies, but this one definitely took on a more serious tone, with no comic relief.

So in the end, I think viewers will be left with more questions than answers which is where I’m at right at this very moment. Why did this happen? Where did that come from? Why didn’t they explain this at all? But the movie was free so who are we to complain… I guess…

If you watched, how do you feel about it? What things did you notice that didn’t seem to add up? Chime in below and thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

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