The Photograph Review

A compelling romantic drama letdown by a predictable script

Aparnna Hajirnis -

The Photograph Review
Platform
HBO Max
Format
Movie Rated
Genre
DRAMA
Language

What is the story about?

When an infamous and legendary photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry, and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she realises her mother harboured a lot of secrets. While being hell-bent on finding answers, she meets a journalist who is researching her mother's work. A romance between the two ensues, but not without complications.

Analysis

The Photograph is tethered on three distinct characters- a journalist (Lakeith Stanfield), a woman (Issa Rae) learning more about her artistic, ambitious, and self-involved mother (Chante Adams). Superficially, it is a story about a boy meeting a girl and the boy losing the girl. But when you dwell further it has a lot to offer. It offers a commentary on the lives of African Americans. There are also flashbacks about Christina and Isaac and their love story. The two love stories, though divided by time have a lot of similarities and coincidences. The script is predictable but is saved by the acting of the leads. Visually the film is stunning and Issa and Lakeith have a lot of chemistry on screen, so it makes you want to be invested in the film.

Performances

Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield have done a fantastic job, even though they were handed with a somewhat stale script. They are two genial and good-looking actors who look good together on the screen and have lots of chemistry between them.

Music & Other Departments

The best part of romantic dramas is the background scores. The movie has some good romantic songs that play while the scenes are being played. The problem I had was with the script with seemed stale and completely predictable.

Highlights

Watch out for some sizzling chemistry between the lead actors.

Drawbacks

The ending was cliche and very predictable.

Did I enjoy it?

I did like the film, though I found the pacing a bit slow and lacking urgency. Also, by the time the movie ended, there was nothing that I hadn't expected before.

Do I recommend it?

f you like romantic films to be watched in the festive season, this movie might just be your jam.



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