The Photograph Movie Review: No Trauma, Just Black Love
This week, not only did I get to see The Photograph before it releases on Valentine’s Day, but I also got to attend the World Premiere here in NYC.
(Which was great by the way!)
However, it took a while for my brain to process everything I had watched on screen. Much longer than I thought it would!
Being a Black single mom, who’s also a “creative”, and tries to put so much into her work so she can make it here in NYC, this movie resonated hard for several reasons.
So I’m glad I had a day to process my feelings before sitting down to write this movie review because even though The Photograph was great, I just needed some time to sit and bask in its glory before talking about it.
My Review Of The Photograph
No trauma, just Black love … this is what love should look and feel like.
Remember when Queen and Slim came out a few months ago and everyone threw a god damn fit because it was too “traumatic”?
Remember how they screamed from the top of their lungs, all over social media, that they wanted a Black love story without trauma?
Well, guess what?!
The Photograph is just that! There’s absolutely NO trauma in this story.
I was triggered by a few things, because of my own childhood, but when it comes to each couple’s love story, there were small situations, like puddles you could probably jump over without landing in them if you tried hard enough!
You know the ones I’m talking about! The puddles at the corner of the street that seem and look like it’s too hard to jump over without accidentally getting your feet wet, but then you magically jump over it and you’re like “whew, I made it”.
Yeah, those! That’s what these situations were like.
Cause yes they weren’t all perfect, no one is, and I don’t wanna see perfect love on-screen when we all know it doesn’t exist. However, their situations could be worked through, and it was up to them to try and jump or abort mission altogether.
So you can just go thank Will Packer (the producer) and Stella Meghie (the writer and director) now for such a wonderful display of Black love because lord only knows when we’re gonna get another one of these again!
Listen, The Photograph was so good I didn’t even know my friend had fallen asleep!
First of all, I don’t even know how her ass fell asleep in the first place! Lol
I was captivated by the movie the whole damn time! Literally, I was staring at the screen, taking my notes, and just smiling, like I was the one blissfully in love or some shit. Lol I couldn’t look away! The story was just that good.
And I love the way they told everyone’s story, mixing the present with the past. It wasn’t confusing like the storyline in the Little Women movie.
It flowed effortlessly. Stella really did a great job writing this thang.
However, if you’re single and you’re going to see The Photograph with your friends, good luck!
No seriously! This movie had me messed up! Like, I can’t watch anything else romantic for a while. Lol I’m over here in my feelings and shit, like “I wanna be in love too damn it! Look how happy they are.”
The whole time I watched the movie I kept wishing I had someone to lay on. This one ain’t for the girls sis, this a date night movie! This is that cuddle up with yo man and be happy you found the one movie. Or just go by yourself and indulge for a moment and stare at what love should really look like.
It’s also not a rom-com, but there are some funny moments.
I love rom-coms, but The Photograph just ain’t it! Despite the funny moments, this is truly a romance movie and I love it the way it is.
There’s just the right amount of humor to get you through this movie without crying, but honestly, Stella focused solely on each person’s love story and I love it.
Had there been too many jokes, and had this been a rom-com, it would have lost its power. Similar to when we get a compliment, but we don’t know how to accept them, so we make a joke or say something stupid to deflect the attention elsewhere.
Yeah, that’s what this would have been like as a rom-com. Too much comedy and we get lost in the humor and no longer feel the true power of their love.
The music score was incredible and a big reminder that Black folks listen to more than just hip hop.
Okay, so before I jump into the scoring and all that jazz … literally. Lol Stella mentioned that she was grateful for her big music budget.
And every time I hear Anderson .Paak in a film I literally have to stop myself from jumping for joy, right up outta my seat. Lol I love his music, and I love that he’s been in so many films recently. So when I heard one of his songs, as the very first song, in this movie, I knew we were off to a great start!
But anywho, when was the last time y’all watched a dope movie that didn’t have hip hop in it? Like seriously! Even the movies that aren’t geared towards Black folks use hip hop to drive their action scenes.
(Which I find insane since it be the same damn movies with like one Black person in it but yet they wanna use Black folks music right? Cool whatever!)
However, there wasn’t a lick of hip hop in this joint! How crazy is that! You’d think a movie geared towards Black people, about Black people, would have hip hop in it, but nope! And I love it!
Because hip hop ain’t the only damn genre of music we listen too! We listen to classical, we listen to rock, we listen to country, we listen to jazz, like seriously now!
And the fact that this movie thrived on a Jazz score was just a great reminder of this.
Now some of y’all gon say this movie is boring because there was no drama, no violence, no fighting, and you, my friend, are the problem!
The same way I loved The Circle because it was a reality tv show with absolutely no drama, and the same way I love Family Reunion because it’s cheesy aka again, no drama, is the same way I love The Photograph because there was no drama.
I personally, don’t know a married Black couple that isn’t going through it, who’s madly in love and isn’t fighting all the time!
It’s insane but it’s true, and honestly, it’s freaking sad AF.
So to have a movie about the love I know I deserve and want is refreshing. I’m at the point of my life where, if it’s hard AF I don’t want it. If I have to pull teeth to get you to talk to me, it’s not gonna work.
I’m not saying there’s not going to be problems, but at the end of the day, I don’t want love that feels like a chore. I wanna be happy in love, not madly in love, there’s a big difference.
And I just liked seeing Black love with no screaming, no fighting, no cheating, no baby mama drama, no ex-girl/boyfriend drama, nada!
If that’s not for you, then maybe you need to go watch something else then. There are a few other movies coming out this weekend – go watch Fantasy Island or some shit man, cause I don’t know what to tell you.
All in all, The Photograph was a reminder to Black women (and Black men) that love doesn’t have to be hard, or messy.
And this is what we’ve all been waiting for! So I’m grateful for Will and Stella bringing this to the big screen, as well as the cast and crew.
P.s – The ending is perfect! And if I haven’t already made this clear – you need to go see The Photograph this weekend!
And you can’t tell me otherwise! The ending was like a damn good buttercream icing, on an already amazing chocolate cake! Lol
And that’s all I’m gonna say about that because I’m not the type to give spoilers before people have had a chance to see it.
So please make sure you go see it this weekend!
Y’all talked all that hot shit last year when Queen and Slim came out, and part of the reason movies like this don’t make it to the big screen, is because people don’t go out and see it! You’d rather see the trauma filled stories, overloaded with drama and violence than the lovey-dovey, romance film you beg ever so often for.
Don’t do that this year! Go see The Photograph, even if you have to go see it alone. Cause it’s totally worth seeing alone!
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