Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (Blu-ray)
Tyler Perry’s sequel to his 2007 film takes up a few years after the first film ended, this time with each couple struggling to live with their marriage as opposed to struggling to live with their secrets. Much like the first one, the second film was advertised as a comedy and all of the supporting material would have you believe this is some sort of funny, COUPLES RETREAT type of film, but that’s incredibly misleading. This isn’t Tyler Perry in drag, this is an honest look at what it means to be married and the issues and themes dealt with in the film are far from funny.
The focus of the film is a little scattered. Since Tyler Perry wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film, all blame and credit has to be bestowed upon him. His issue is a little bit like other writer/directors such as Kevin Smith and M. Night Shyamalan in that he’s a much better writer than he is a director (for the record, unlike his counterparts, Tyler Perry can actually act). But in this film, Perry required a lot from his actors and actresses and I kept feeling like they didn’t deliver. But upon further analysis, I realized that he set them up for failure a lot of times by either giving them too little or too much dialogue or keeping the camera on them too long after the scene was over. This proves to be distracting as the audience is trying to get invested in these characters, but keeps getting pulled out by some awkward performances.
The overall theme of infidelity was overwhelming throughout the movie. Each couple either cheated or was accused of cheating at some point in the film. I understand that any time a couple has issues, that’s the first thing people assume, but I thought jumping to that in all four cases was basically taking the easy way out. There were a lot of things going on with these people, but the focus never fully moved away from them cheating, with the possible exception of Patricia and Gavin, who were having trouble dealing with the loss of their son. Perry also got very dramatic with these characters and a lot of the crying, fighting and screaming seemed unwarranted.
But sometimes the problem with ensemble films (even when dealing with couples) is that in the effort to tell four stories equally, none of the stories get fully developed. I liked where they were going with some of the stories, but Perry had to wrap them up pretty quickly or risk making a three hour film. I thought there was a lot more to say between Terry and Dianne and their drama was barely even addressed at the end. Marcus and Tasha were just annoying, but Tasha provided the comedy relief, so I understood why she was there.
Overall, if you’re sick of, or have no interest in Tyler Perry’s Madea character, I would at least give this film (and its predecessor) a chance. I don’t think Tyler Perry broke any new ground here and he definitely needs to work on his directing skills, but he crafted a decent drama even if he tended to get a little overly dramatic with some of the characters.
Video: (Widescreen 1.78:1) This is a crisp, beautiful looking film.
Audio: (5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio) The audio is also very nice.
Girl Talk: The Women of Married (10:54) and Male Bonding: The Men of Married (12:14): : These are instantly forgettable featurettes that cover exactly what their titles say. One features the women of the film taking about their characters in very general terms while the other features the men of the film.
There is also a Music Video