Black History Month: The Photograph

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Movie Of The Day: 

Director: Stella Meghie 
Writer: Stella Meghie  
Release: February 14, 2020
Cast
Issa Rae
LaKeith Stanfield
Chanté Adams
A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present. --IMDb
I knew the second I heard the "I wish I had put as much courage into love as I put in my work" in the trailer that I wanted to watch this movie. There was something about that quote that really stuck with me. Myabe it was the simplicity or maybe it was the relatability of the quote that got to me. Even more so, I love stories that have a dual timeline with characters that share a past, present, or future.

I just want to take a moment and talk about how beautiful Issa Rae looks in this movie. All of her outifts and hairstyles were so perfect for her and her character. She was truly one of the best parts of this entire movie for me. I haven't had the same experience as Mae, but I still understood her hesitation. Not only does society put so much pressue on us to be in a relationship, and in certain ways, but we end up internalizing that pressure too. And when our personal experiences don't match up, it becomes even more complicated. I loved that the love stories in this movie felt incredibly real. There were so many awkward moments, moments that were too real, and moments that were unbelievably sweet. There are so many emotions that we go through when we meet someone for the first time and we begin to see them as more than a friend. It's complicated and messy and I love how well this movie shows these emotions.

As much as I love Mae, I loved her mother's character, Christina, even more. She was so unapologetically herself. She knew what she wanted and she went for it, even though she knew it would be hard. She knew the choices she made would have consequences but she went for it anyways. She knew that the world was stacked against her as a Black woman but she never let that stop her. Plus, the small scene at the art gallery was a beautiful moment for us to see how her choices played out.

There's nothing I can say that will do justice to this movie. The acting is great and so is the story. I also loved the way it was shot and the color scheme for the movie was great too.

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