The Valero Verdict: The Photograph

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the romantic love story, The Photograph.

The plot: A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present.

  • The Score: Robert Glasper’s score of this film carried this film. The score was rich, smooth and full love passion. The jazz-like sounds elevate the beautifully written story.
  • The writing: They did a marvelous job of intertwining the score with the writing. As the sweet sound of jazz playing in the background helps you fall in love with the characters and the decisions they make.
  • The acting: LaKeith Stanfield has some range folks. From Get Out to Sorry to Bother You to Knives Out and now this, he is a blast to watch. He and Issa Rae enhance the script with their chemistry and their superb acting.
  • The run time: 1:45 – The movie struggled a little with its pacing. I felt it could have cut 10-15 minutes and made it a little crisper film.

The Verdict:

**** out of ***** gavels

The depth of the film is what most impressed me with the film. It challenges you to your core. Are you making the right choices? Are you being a good parent? Are you a supportive parent? There are lessons in this film that we can all learn from.

We as men and women need to do better at supporting our significant other’s dreams and be there biggest cheerleader. It’s okay to stand on the sidelines and watch them prosper into the person they are meant to be.

We also need to do the same for our kids. In a generation full of negativity, we need to be that light for our little ones.

This film doesn’t give us anything new on the romance story but that didn’t make it any less of a film.

It’s carried by Rae/Stanfield, who had remarkable chemistry and had so many different layers within their performance. It made you appreciate them even more.

This film was beautiful.

Should You See It?: Yes. The way it challenges you is something that lacks in movies these days. When you leave the theater you are asking yourself questions. Those type of thinking movies are good for us all.

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