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'The Photograph' Movie Review

Updated on February 20, 2020
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various topics, including celebrities and entertainment.


The Photographer is released on Friday, February 14 just in time for movie lovers to see on Valentine's Day. The movie is a romantic drama film that was not only written, but it was also directed by Stella Meghie. So far, the movie has gotten good reviews based on its trailer.

Members of single ministries in churches are going to see the movie as a group. However, the movie is not just for singles. It is for all romantics and others who have love on their minds and in their hearts.

What the Movie is About

The 106-minute movie is about an estranged daughter, Mae played by Issa Rae. Her mother is the well-known photographer Christina Eames. After Mae's mother dies unexpectedly, journalist Lakeith Stanfield, played by Michael Block, was assigned to investigate the circumstances concerning the death.

Mae is sad, angry and has a lot of questions about her mother's death. Some guilt might be involved since she has not been in touch with her mother and there are many things she is not aware of.

When she goes through her mother's things, she finds a photograph in a safe-deposit box with clues to her mother's early life even before Mae was born. Immediately Mae thought there must be an important story and some secrets behind the photograph in order for her mother to tuck it away along with other valuables. Mae becomes so obsessed with finding answers about the photograph that she can't move forward until she learns about her mother's past.

Mae has to work closely together with the journalist during the investigation to find out more about the photograph and the person in it and why it was so important to her mother. Viewers sensed early in the film that the working relations between Mae and Lakeith would evolve into something more than just finding clues about the photograph because the chemistry between the two becomes quite obvious.

Viewers will see that the movie has a series of intertwining love stories of the past that involved the mother along with those in the present that involve her estranged daughter.

Moviegoers will be curious throughout the film about the secret of the photograph. According to the trailer and news surrounding the movie, viewers will not be disappointed when the mystery is solved.

Cast of "The Photograph"

Mae Morton
Estranged daughter
Issa Ray
Lakeith Stanfield
Michael Block
Christina Eames
Mae's mother who died
Chante Adams
Rob Morgan
Mysterious connection to Christina
Isaac Jerfferson
Louis Morton
Mae's father
Courtney B. Vance

Other Information About "The Photograph"

Not only is Issa Rae in the starring role, she is also one of the three executive producers. The other two are writer Stella Meghie and Erika Hampson.

Even though love is an intricate theme, the film is also about forgiveness about what happened in the past in order for true love to exist in the future.


About Issa Rae

Issa Rae, whose real name is Jo-Issa Rae Diop, is a 35-year-old actress and producer. Rae is so talented that she is co-starring in two movies at the same time. Both of them are love stories. Other than The Photograph, she also stars in the romantic comedy The Lovebirds.

The Lovebirds will be released in theaters on April 3, 2020. Even though both movies are love stories, they are different in several ways. In The Lovebirds, Rae and her co-star, Kumail Nanjiani are on the brink of breaking up when they are unintentionally involved in a murder mystery. What keeps the interracial couple together in this 80-minute movie is that they are on a fast-paced journey to prove their innocence and to clear their names, but they must work throughout the night to do so.

Don't feel that you have to choose one movie starring Issa Rae over the other. Watch The Photograph after it comes out on Valentine's Day. Then feel free to also watch her in The Lovebirds a couple of months later. You might like both films.

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