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.
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.
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.
Watch out for some sizzling chemistry between the lead actors.
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.