“Til Death Do Us Part’ Another Melodrama


51 Millimeter / Footage Films / Novus Content

Shacora Bullock, Staff Writer

Til Death Do Us Part is this years newest melodrama. This film was released on September, 29, 2017 and is now showing in all theaters. Til Death Do Us Part was projected to gross around $4 million in its opening weekend. Some major actors in this film are Taye Diggs; Annie Ilonzeh; Stephen Bishop; Robinne Lee, and Malik Yoba. It was directed by Chris Stokes and is very similar to other films related to domestic violence: The Perfect Guy, Enough, Fear, The Boy Next Door. The main characters Michael & Madison Roland, had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, until one day Michael’s controlling ways turned their perfect marriage, into an abusive roller-coaster no woman could survive.

The cast failed to convey a realistic reenactment of everyday tragic events that happens in life with an abusive marriage. The writer (Marques Houston) delayed all of the excitement and thrill of the movie until the very last couple of scenes. The script wasn’t written as well as I would have predicted given the eventful trailers and the hype from ads and commercials. The beginning had a lot of dialogue on Michael (Stephen Bishop) and his wife Madison (Annie llonzeh) and how well established they are in life. However, the plot twist was obvious. Michael Is very loving, but in scenes you can see the dominance in actions. The story builds up to where there is physical abuse between Michael and Madison (surprise, surprise). This perfect marriage became not so perfect at all.

This film portrayed a certain type emotion of anger, regret, and betrayal that barely grasps the audience’s attention. The first thirty minutes was consecutively dull. The genre was intended to be a thriller but I barely got the thrill of a soap opera. This film didn’t hit the peek of thrill until the end. There was no “ Ah-Ha” moments that could have merely engaged my attention throughout the movie. In my opinion, This movie lacked depth, thrilling content and was simply another melodrama that was guaranteed money in the box office solely based on the actors and producers celebrity statues. Moreover, I feel as though the plot was borrowed from many of the classic domestic violence movies and even modern ones that were utterly better.

This film is for women in their 20’s and 30’s that can relate to being married and having an abusive relationship with their significant other. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States and 1 in 3 women have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime, stated by https://ncadv.org/statistics. This matter is very important to many people and its honorable that this film wanted to make an focus on that aspect. However, I don’t believe this film will entertain the focused audience it’s reaching for. The cast weren’t relatable to the audience. Instead of normally divorcing and filing a restraining order against her husband, she pursues this outrageous plan with her best friends to get away from him. This plan wouldn’t remotely be possible if they were in the real world.

Personally, I would not pay to go see this movie again based on the lack of depth of the content, trill and effectiveness . However, I might RedBox the film for $1 on a rainy day to take in  a moment of redemption, hoping that I might have missed a key moment in the movie previously. If you would like to waste $12 at the movie theater and be provided with heated seats then I would recommend ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ at any Marcus Theatre. If you want to watch something with drama and an a better outlook on domestic violence then I would recommend some of the more thrilling and top rated movies: The Perfect Guy, Enough, Fear, The Boy Next Door.