LOVING

★★★★

Starring Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Alano Miller, Nick Kroll
Directed by Jeff Nichols
2016 / 123 Minutes / Universal Pictures / Focus Features

Loving is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple jailed in Virginia in 1958 for getting married. It’s a powerful and interesting story that makes me continue to be surprised by people (and even shockingly enough still today) who care so much about who you love and marry.

It’s beautifully shot, the performances are fantastic and everything about this screams Oscars all around. With such an important, powerful and well made story why wasn’t I moved more? Director Jeff Nichols doesn’t delve enough into the backstory of this relationship. When did they meet? Where did they meet? What made them fall for each other? These were questions I was asking myself as soon as the movie started. We’re thrown into this without really getting to know this couple which left me feeling a little empty. This was about love, yet I wasn’t seeing much of it. We’re left to base our opinions of them and what’s happening solely during the difficult times. You definitely feel something for this couple and the horror they are going through just to be together, but there’s something missing when you feel like they barely even speak to each other.

Even though there are some problems I think Loving is a good movie and it’s absolutely worth seeing especially for Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton and their brilliant performances that are Oscar nomination worthy. It’s because of their performances I that this works. This would not have been the same had they used big name lead stars.

Grade B

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