We’re falling in love with the new romantic drama coming to Regal this Valentine’s Day, telling the wholly unique love story between Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield in The Photograph. The movie’s lead actors have proven their mettle as Hollywood icons on more than one occasion, but most notably in Rae’s role in 2018’s The Hate U Give and Stanfield’s lead in Sorry to Bother You from the same year. Though their performances dominate the big screen, Rae and Stanfield don’t stand alone as high-profile talent in this stacked cast which also features supporting roles from Courtney B. Vance, Chelsea Peretti, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
The Photograph centers around Rae’s character, Mae Morton, the estranged daughter of a famous photographer, Christina Eames. When her mother unexpectedly passes away, Mae embarks on a journey to learn what her mother was really like, discovering a photograph tucked away in a safe deposit box along with a series of letters left behind for her. Hurt, angry and full of questions, she finds herself diving deeper into her mother's early life, leading to an unexpected romance with journalist Michael Block (Stanfield) who is writing an article about Christina.
Mae (Issa Rae) and Michael Block (LaKeith Stanfield) in The Photograph (2020)
As shown in the trailer, the narrative structure of The Photograph jumps between two different eras, drawing parallels between the love life of Christina’s past and Mae’s blossoming relationship with Michael. This uniquely intimate approach lets us see these intertwining love stories unfold side-by-side, as Mae’s mother attempts to teach her about loving fearlessly in her postmortem letters. It would appear that Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield have some excellent on-screen chemistry, and we are wholeheartedly expecting a moving performance from the pair.
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As far as romantic dramas go, we can anticipate a lot more substance from The Photograph as highly acclaimed writer-director Stella Meghie has picked up the project. Teaming up with Straight Outta Compton (2015) producer Will Packer, Meghie has shown to have crafted an in-depth look at the fragility and complexities of emotional relationships while drawing attention to the different experiences that people of color have within them.
Fall in love with Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield and their exceptionally different love story this Valentine’s Day in The Photograph, coming to Regal this Friday, February 14th.