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“THE PHOTOGRAPH” An Emotional Romance

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

This little romance, The Photograph, tugs at the heart strings and should work well with a female audience. Lost love and missed opportunities set the tone for this storyline and the complications resonate with today’s social values. The film plays out like a Saturday Matinee where a release on Lifetime would have been a better choice. While the theater experience is the norm, the budget for the movie would have fared better had they chose a more apt venue. The acting is very good, direction pinpoint, but the storyline is ordinary to timeworn.

Issa Rae as Mae Morton in “The Photograph,” written and directed by Stella Meghie.

Michael Block (LaKeith Stanfield) a writer for The Republic is doing a story on Christina Eames (Chante Adams) a famous photographer who had recently died for his column. To get some background he interviews her daughter Mae (Issa Rae), who lives in New York City. Their romance gets steamy and genuine, but Mae is cautions so she won’t get hurt. From a letter Mae finds out about her father Issac Jefferson (Rob Morgan) who she never knew. Told with flashbacks we see young Christina and Issac’s relationship and how she broke off with him to seek a career as a photographer in New York. When the relationship between Mae and Michael starts to run into difficulties, Mae goes to New Orleans to find her father.

(from left) Isaac Jefferson (Y’lan Noel) and Christina Eames (Chanté Adams) in “The Photograph,” written and directed by Stella Meghie.

The film goes on from there as Michael gets an offer he can’t refuse in Europe leading to a disagreement with Mae. Director and writer Stella Meghie develops her characters quickly, then brings the romance to a head between Michael and Mae as their choices become much like her mother’s. She works in an amazing soundtrack that holds the film together and instills the high points of the romance on both Christina and Isaac and Michael and Mae. When concerns are brought into the picture, the rhythm changes and becomes a mix of upbeat and sincerity. Vocals are powerful and the instrumentals sensational.

(from left) Mae Morton (Issa Rae) and Michael Block (LaKeith Stanfield) in “The Photograph,” written and directed by Stella Meghie.

The Photograph has been rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief strong language.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Acting and soundtrack make the romantic story work (3 out of 5 stars)

Additional Film Information:
Cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Chelsae Peretti, Teyonah Parris, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Directed and written by: Stella Meghie
Genre: Romance, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexuality and brief strong language
Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.
Opening Date: February 14, 2020
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Released in: Theaters, Standard

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