RKS Film: “The Contrast”: Weak with One Saving Grace

The film “The Contrast” will be released on digital platforms on January 18, 2022. This American film is an adaptation of 1787 Royall Tyler’s “The Contrast” a great favourite of President George Washington.

It is about the impending celebration of the marriage of Maria (Joy Villa) to cad and fortune hunter Dimple (Lee Donoghue). The marriage is taking place at the Royall Tyler Inn. It’s a small marriage and less than a dozen people are attending. The nephew of owner is a valet, waiter and bartender and pot head who has headphones on and has no interest in working for his uncle owner. He does offer a minute bit of comic relief.

The acting is weak. The lead actress Joy Villa it seems is a real-life Instagram star and perhaps would be best suited to stay on that short attention span social media platform. Villa’s performance is one that highlights her numerous tattoos and overly made-up face as her acting ability is studentish at best. I get the impression of an actress that is disconnected from the film and who would be happier bulking up in the gym or shooting a deep and meaningful Instagram post. Well let’s not fault her for trying!

Donoghue’s performance as Dimple is equally unimpressive and light. Certainly, a cad and deceiver could be played with more evil.

The plot is oversimplistic that might have suited a 1787 audience.

If there is a bright spot here it is the portrayal of Colonel Henry Manly by Jermaine Hollman who has an immediate stage presence that dwarfs the performance of the other cast members. His strong performance will put him in the big screen beyond the Indie world. There is warmth and sincerity in his performance. I’d like to see how he fares in meatier roles!

Lance F. Nichols as Mr. Van Rough and Chip Carriere as Mr. Wignell have minor supporting rolls but offer a fine example of professional actors.

Well the impending marriage falls apart and with it so does the film. As for the Maria crying scene Villa has so much make up on as tears cascade I hold my breath looking as if her face is melting like in the “Wizard of Oz” just like the wicked witch. What was intended as an endearing and sensitive moment is a Kim Kardashian one.

You can see the trailer if you wish but that might immediately put you in a “trash it” mode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0fBed7TnOY

RKS Film Rating 53/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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