'The Photograph' [Blu-ray Combo]
(Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Lil Rel Howery, Rob Morgan, Courtney B. Vance, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / PG-13 / 2020 / Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
Overview: The discovery of a hidden family photograph sends Mae Morton (Issa Rae) on a quest for answers.
The journey into her estranged mother's past exposes many secrets and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with rising-star journalist Michael Block (Lakeith Stanfield).
Award-winning writer-director Stella Meghie (The Weekend, Jean of the Joneses) tells a sweeping love story about forgiveness and finding the courage to seek the truth, no matter where it leads you.
Blu-ray Verdict: Now you must be warned, I am a hopeless romantic at heart. I normally wouldn't tell anyone but this movie is right up my alley, like 'Hitch.'
Unfortunately, this movie will never be 'Hitch,' but it can be itself. A modern day love story for the older millennials. While the storyline is very simple and transparent from the trailer, the viewer is treated to more than what they can see.
'The Photograph' is completely about the feel. We are meant to experience this movie by knowing exactly what is coming but still reminiscing on that awkward first date moment as if they are our own or that feeling of anxiety before a first phone call to the one with whom we are smitten.
We have all been there, and if you haven't, this movie definitely provides the experience for you.
And those who give us those moments are the solid cast. Issa Rae glows in this movie. As someone close to me said, "This movie just makes me want to get a weave." Yes, her weave was on point and flawless throughout but more importantly Issa was the personification of #BlackGirlMagic.
We are used to Issa being a love interest focal point from 'Insecure' but I must admit she's stepped her game up. On top of Issa's performance, LaKeith Stanfield in his awkward, swag style was perfect for this role.
The two had palpable on-screen chemistry. Speaking of chemistry and acting, Chante Adams and Y'lan Noel weren't too shabby themselves. I must admit Noel outshined Adams in their scenes but both worked well in their roles.
Nevertheless, I found myself checking my watch about two thirds of the way though for the movie did seem to be longer than it actually was (but is that a bad thing?). I actually also found myself wanting more to happen or something dramatic to really occur. I know it's because the storyline was so obvious but I still wanted more.
Nevertheless, 'The Photograph' delivers what it promises in a modern day love story. It provides all the feels. Dategoers, married folks, seriously dating, verge of breaking up, all couples and those looking for love, should buy this wonderful new Blu-ray Combo Pack.
That said, and in closing, for those "more single and just wanting to mingle" general public out there, well, you can pump the breaks a little bit. For you all, find yourself a friend who has already purchased it and chill with them, on their dime for the night! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Shooting The Photograph
Culture in Film
The Film Through Photographs
Make. Love. Last. Issa Rae ('Insecure,' 'Little') and Lakeith Stanfield ('Straight Outta Compton,' 'Atlanta') star in the striking and beautiful love story about how quickly lives can change forever when 'The Photograph' arrives on Digital April 28th, 2020 and on Blu-Ray™️ and DVD May 12th, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
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