Film review by Steve Duffy –
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.
Edgerton’s warm and loving portrayal of Richard Loving solidly showcased the same strength and quietness that Health Ledger showed in “Brokeback Mountain.”
Negga is the perfect picture of strength and dignity.
Michael Shannon makes a very small cameo as Life photographer Grey Villet.
Instead of focusing on the national civil rights movement that is marching forward in the background, director Jeff Nichols, focuses all of his attention on the Loving’s love story. He shows great sensitivity in their love, but not enough outrage at the crime they were charged with. However, he does show how love does truly prevail against the odds.
Loving is a character driven story that helped inspired a nation and set a new precedent in miscegenation laws.
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements
Runtime: 123 minutes.