Looking for a great love story? Watch The Photograph!
I took the liberty to watch “The Photograph” this Valentine’s Day weekend around 1:30 p.m. at a Regal theater in Quakertown. Keeping up with the spirit of the holidays, I was drawn to this suspenseful title that I have seen many romantic trailers for.
Directed by Stella Meghie, the movie is about a young modern couple and the history of an older couple as the stories intertwine with one another. Mae and Michael, played by Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, are the young couple who face challenges with relationships in general. They both seem to have a fear of commitment and just got out of serious relationships. Mae, a museum curator, and Michael, a journalist, both live in New York.
The older couple whose story also is depicted alongside Michael’s and Mae’s are Isaac (Rob Morgan) and Christina (Chanté Adams). Isaac and Christina both grew up in Louisiana in the 80s. Christina was a photographer who also had a fear of commitment that stemmed from her mother’s disapproval of her life choices. Isaac was a fisherman who did not come from a lot of money, which is something that Christina’s mother worried about constantly alongside the stereotypical idea that her daughter’s artsy career would amount to nothing. Despite these challenges, Christina and Isaac’s relationship was solid all throughout the film.
The whole reason that the old couple’s story is being told is because Mae received two letters from her deceased mother that completely changed her view of her. For the first few years of her life, Mae was witness to Christina’s passion for photography. Mae often noted that her mother did not love her, which is found to be untrue by the end of the film. Michael’s interview of Isaac also reveals some truths about Christina and their relationship.
I guess it wasn’t really a fear of commitment for both couples, but rather a fear of not having things work out that really fueled the narrative for this story. Mae is constantly seen holding herself back when it comes to Michael. She only decides to open up to him because of his optimistic attitude.
Throughout the film there is a back and forth between the two couples that shows many similarities. The story takes its time and that’s what makes it so beautiful. It doesn’t rush through the relationship like many other romantic movies do, but rather takes the viewers on a journey that is timeless. There are some comedic bits sprinkled throughout the film, but if you are into pure romance without all of the mush, I recommend this film.
One of the beautiful aspects of this film is how it comes full circle. Isaac and Christina, Mae and Michael, even the opening and closing scenes are part of this circle. I won’t spoil the end for you, but rather encourage you to watch the film. Amazing performances by Lakeith Stanfield, who was in the show Atlanta, and Issa rae, who was a producer in this movie, cannot be missed.