Loving (2016)

By Livia Peterson

Love is priceless and beautiful – individual and collective. We feel love all the time, regardless of the circumstances. Jeff Nichols’ latest film “Loving” is an understated and relevant sight to behold. “Midnight Special” (2016) is one of my favorite films and accordingly, “Loving” moderately succeeded to surpass the aforementioned film.
 
The interracial couple Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga) and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) is sentenced to prison in Virginia during 1958. The interracial marriage violates the anti-miscegenation laws. The Loving family resides in Washington, D.C. and creep into Virginia to reunite with their respective families. Furthermore, Mildred and Richard accuse the state of Virginia and the Supreme Court provides the unanimous decision in “Loving v. Virginia” – the laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.
 
The United States is still forging equality – there is a long way before the country is balanced, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, and the like. Women are still underpaid and African Americans are considered to boast a criminal background. The stereotypes remain prominent in this day and age. “Loving” demonstrates equality must be justified in the eyes of the law. The personal and impersonal risks emerge and one must confront the “small battles” and the “big war”.
 
Poignant and subtle, Negga and Edgerton are the ideal couple. The facial expressions indicate everything with and without dialogue. The Loving duo requested to be absent during the Supreme Court hearing. Like the Loving family, “Loving” is reserved – a subtle character study that regularly isolates itself. The screenplay is frequently detached and stiff causing some tedious moments, especially during the second act. The Loving family accomplishes the crucial life events – married, construct a nice home, and nurture the children. You may desire to witness additional events during the life.
 
“Loving” is able to hit home, whether you like or dislike to admit it. Love exists in our essence and hell yes, the film delves into the core – damn genuine that you cannot ignore the fact. You may recognize “Loving” is special if investigating beyond your relatives. Love is love. Love conquers all. B+

For Your Consideration: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ruth Negga), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joel Edgerton), and Best Original Screenplay

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