The Photograph Movie Gives Us That Old School and New School Type of Love | Movie Review Thursday 13 February, 2020

Every year a new type of love movie comes out in theaters just in time for Valentines Day. I will be honest, I do not remember the last time I saw a love story that was based around African American lead stars around V-day. Maybe there hasn’t been any melanated love story that debuted on Valentines Weekend, this is why The Photograph is getting so much buzz. A black love story that will be in theaters on Valentine’s Day. How romantic! Some people are anticipating this film to be the next Love Jones, but although that was a cult classic, even Love Jones came out after Valentines Day in the 90s (March 14, 1997).

So inclusion is everything, yes even when its about love stories on the big screen. I will be honest, I feel it isnt too many love movies not being made like how we had a plethora in the 90s and 00s. Is it just me? I think people are craving love stories in this day and age, because love is a feeling we are all seeking and it will never go out of style. Movies help give us a broader scope on love, and I loved how The Photograph gave us a mix of old school love and a blend of new school love. Watch the trailer, and find out more below with my review.



On Valentine’s Day, Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure, Little) and LaKeith Stanfield (FX’s Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) connect in a romance where a woman must learn from the secrets in her mother’s past if she is to move forward and allow herself to love and be loved.

When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Rae) hurt, angry and full of questions. When a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box is found, Mae finds herself on a journey delving into her mother’s early life and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with a rising-star journalist, Michael Block (Stanfield).

My Review

The Photograph is a great movie to see for Valentine’s Day. A different twist on a love story. It is a story that flashback to the 80s but it takes place in present day. A unique love story, which follows the story of how someone’s mother found love in the 80s, but didnt work out the way it should of. The daughter in present day is simultaneously falling in love but looking for some answers in the story of her mother, who was an aspiring photographer.

This movie honestly seems like a 2020 love story, similar to that of the Notebook. How a “book of notes” told the stories of the past, the same can be done with photos. Photos tell a silent story, but sometimes you need that photo story to be told before you can see the big picture (pun intended). I like this movie gave me new love tingles. I feel like lately, most movies have love with too much comedy to drown out some of the love, but this film you feel love vibes all throughout the film. The story that unravels actually gives a good spin on how love should go the distance and don’t cut it short. I wont ruin the film for you, but what the daughter learned from her mother’s love life in the 80s, help her make better love steps for herself in present day. Sometimes you can learn from your parents, it makes me want to sit down and talk to my own parents about their love stories and even love mistakes.

Also I want to make a comment on the actors themselves. I think it was an interesting match they were paired in the movie, as they are both actors who are more comedic. They both stepped into their sultry and compassionate side in which we haven’t yet seen in either of them until this film. Issa Rae was a self-proclaimed awkward black girl and LaKeith is just a cool laid back naturally hilarious type of actor. So its good to say their pairing of them actually works because it made them more relatable and realistic as a couple. Maybe a little awkward and a little laid back makes for a perfect pair.

The Photograph is in theaters Valentines Day #SeeThePhotograph

Would you make a date to see The Photograph?

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  • Andi says:

    Where have I been, I haven’t heard about this movie. Now I want to go out and watch it NOW 🙂

  • Oh yes, Kiwi! Definitely. I have had this movie on my radar for a while now.

  • Amber Faust says:

    I was curious about this movie, the previews look amazing.

  • I am glad this is going to be a good movie. I didn’t want it to be a “comedic” love story so you have made me happy! I root for movies with people of color because that’s the only way we are going to see more. I won’t be able to see this one this weekend so I hope enough people get to make a date with it to give it good box office!

  • Matt Taylor says:

    If I had a date, and it wasn’t a first date, I would take her to see this movie. Hahaha. I don’t do movie dates for first dates. 🙂 But I have to get past the first date phase first. lol And actually find a girl that I want to take out. Anyways, I do enjoy romantic comedies, even if watching them by myself.

  • Julie Cao says:

    I love to see a movie involves love stories. This one seems really great.

  • katrina Kroeplin says:

    i haven’t seen this yet. i will def have to check it out soon. thanks for sharing it. looks really interesting.

  • Nick Tuma says:

    This love story looks really good and you are sending this at a perfect time so I can take my hunny to go see it. The note Notebook is one of my favorite movies of all time! Who doesn’t love the actor LaKeith Stanfield?

  • This is on my must watch … I havent had the chance to see it yet. After reading this, I must watch it even more.

  • I would love to see this movie a classic love story and I love it that it has a modern twist.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    This looks like a film worth watching. I will have to keep checking out the schedule in our local theater when they will be showing this film. I loved that film “The Notebook,” so I am sure I will love this one too.

  • thanks for sharing your thoughts on the movie. i rarely watch previews bc they give away too much but i like how your review didn’t give away too many details. interesting you compare it to ‘the notebook’ which is one of my least favorite romantic movies ever hahaha.

  • Emman Damian says:

    I haven’t seen this movie yet. It looks so nice! I hope to see it soon!

  • Sarah says:

    Yes, I will make a date to see The Photograph. I admore movies that have are a good love story with a different twist. Keeps us wanting more and I believe we need more of it, in the romantic genre.

  • Rosey says:

    I’d like it for the 80s flashback scenes alone! Nostalgia is a big draw.

  • Lavern Moore says:

    I’m glad to see a film in the romance genre released for Valentine’s Day that features Black love and lead characters. It is a must see on this premise alone but you review of this film is equally compelling.

  • Carissa says:

    I still haven’t seen this movie and I can’t wait to see it! My husband wasn’t feeling good the weekend of Valentines Day so I need a re-do!

  • Terri says:

    I still have yet to see but I want to! It’s so nice seeing a movie like this featuring black actors. There needs to be more of them

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