Really Love is a Romance Film Worth Watching

A dark skin Black couple looking into each others eyes

Header image via IMDB

Before we get into the review, can we give a round of applause to the casting director, because every cast member is beautiful, (especially Kofi Sirboe’s fine self😜). 

Thank you 💗

Now, about a week ago, I decided to watch the new Netflix movie called Really Love. This film was directed by Angel Kristi Williams. And the cast consisted of Kofi Sirboe (you may know him from Queen Sugar), Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Uzo Aduba and Micheal Ealy. Really Love is a beautiful story, which follows the aspiring, up and coming artist/painter Isaiah (Kofi Sirboe). Who meets ambitious Georgetown law student Stevie (Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing) at an art show. The pair immediately begin a very passionate, whirlwind romance, despite the fact that they seem to be the complete opposite of each other.

Ok, now you know the synopsis, let us talk about the things that I loved... 

First of all, the dark skin representation was there and ready to be seen! In many Black love stories I have watched, there has not been a dark skin couple where both characters have survived. Additionally, I liked that their love seemed realistic, it was not a fairy tale romance, there were clear problems. Such as Isaiah having a lot of self-doubts and not wanting to place Stevie over his art. Stevie’s conflict with her newfound love and her projected career journey. And their disapproving families. Because the problems that were coming up between them were authentic. This, therefore, made you want to see how they navigated through these issues in order to maintain their relationship.

I also appreciated the evident chemistry between Sirboe and Wong-Loi-Sing. As this was what carried the entire storyline and really helped emphasise the highs and lows of their relationship. Through their acting, the actors successfully conveyed what they wanted you to understand about their characters. Which was to make you see both of their perspectives when it came to both conflict and resolution in the movie.

Another aspect of this film I enjoyed was the portrayal of Stevie. It was nice to see Stevie being desired, which I think is something that we need to see more of, dark skin Black women being the prize. Additionally, I loved that Stevie was not broken. She was confident, even amid microaggressions. And overall is someone to aspire to. Which is a form of representation we do not get enough of.

Image via IMDB

Another thing I admired was the script. The script was beautiful and I feel that it was very well written. Because the plot was not complicated but rather quite simple there were various themes that Williams was allowed to explore. For example, Williams who I believe is from Washington DC, made various references to the gentrification occurring in the area which from what we saw was rampant.

Besides this, it was good that Black people were telling this story. Because this is a narrative they understood. You can see this through one line that Stevie said when the couple met. Which is along the lines of “Black people are extraordinary and normal at the same time”. This quote alone left a resonating mark with me because especially now there is this big push to be Black and excellent and it is possible to be both normal and amazing.

The best part of the movie was the directing, even when it came to the sexual scenes. It wasn’t this strung out, unrealistic dramatic thing. Instead, it was organic in a sense, I don’t really know how to describe it but it did not make me cringe like most sexual scenes do. I also liked how Williams allowed the artsy aesthetic to continually be featured in every essence of the movie which of course linked back to Isaiah.

Overall, honestly, I don’t have any critiques. I genuinely enjoyed this movie, it is nice and light-hearted. And I personally think all of you will really like this film. 

As well as an Entertainment Editor for Dark Hues, Khadijah is an actress, writer and a final year undergraduate student. Check her out on Instagram and Twitter

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