Since Love jones to Love and basketball, The 1990s was a heyday of romantic dramas starring black actors, black directors. With The photograph from director Stella Meghie (Everything, everything, Jean de los Jones, the weekend) There is a strong, clear and beautiful message: black love in cinema is everything.
What is “Photography” about and who stars?
The photograph It revolves around Mae Morton (Issa Rae), the daughter of a famous photographer, Christina Eames (Chante Adams). When Christina dies, Mae has a mixture of feelings, mainly because she and her mother did not have a super intimate relationship and felt that there were many unanswered questions about her..
When Mae finds letters and a photograph in a safe deposit box, she begins a journey in which she learns about her mother’s life and her own identity. This trip goes hand in hand with an affair that begins with a journalist named Michael Block (Lakeith Stanfield).
Directed by Unsafe Rae star and Atlanta Star Stanfield, the film also stars Y’Lan Noel, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Morgan, Lil Rel Howery, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Teyonah Parris, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Chelsea Peretti.
Beauty from appearance, to feeling, to sound.
You can always know when a black director can direct black actors in a black film.
Meghie does a great job at the head of this movie, and Mark Schwartzbard also credits him with the exuberant appearance of the film and the spectacular way the cast skin is represented on the screen. In addition, Robert Glasper’s fascinating jazz music adds to the beautiful aesthetics of the film.
Meghie’s script allows her actors to inhabit these characters without appearing to be unrealistic. It is not dominant and sharper in the parts where it should be.
Stellar performances everywhere
Stanfield’s performance here shows that he is not only one of the most talented actors working in Hollywood, but that he is one of the most versatile artists at ease. It brings some warmth to the paper that no one else could have transmitted. Rae is also solid here, and it’s great to see how he does drama instead of the comedy he is known for.
Meanwhile, Chante Adams continues to prove that he is one of the most underrated and underrated talents in the industry. Best known for her role alongside Mahershala Ali and Nia Long on Netflix Roxanne, Roxanne, She, without a doubt, is crucial for the most dramatic moments of the film and brings her her game A.
The true MVPs of the movie.
Some of the film’s most secondary players, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lil Rel Howery and Teyonah Parris are also excellent. Harrison Jr. has a special ability to play dark and complex teenagers, as we saw last year in Luce Y Waves. He has received critical acclaim for that material, but seeing him here in a comic role and killing him proves that he can also do almost everything.
While Stanfield and Rae are good at their solo scenes, they are great when they interact with the other cast members. It’s great to see the scenes of Harrison Jr. and Stanfield, which represent a mentor-mentoring and friendship relationship, inside a newsroom, and I hope this is just the beginning of both being in a project together.
And Rob Morgan, one of the unrecognized heroes of the 2018 movie, continues to cry in theaters.
Simple but effective?
While The photographThe story, the message and the plot can be super simplistic and that is part of its charm. The jumps between the past and the present can be cumbersome at times, especially with the lack of context and development in the relationships Christina has with her mother and with Issac. But, the general story is made up of chemical exudation between the cast.
The film also makes comedy as good as drama, although it seemed that initially it would play its most dramatic moments. But the love story, mixed with many elements of family drama, makes the film more than a normal romance.
The photograph It’s in theaters on Valentine’s weekend.