Sunday, November 27, 2016


What makes a family?How do we define Marriage? Its amazing that we have been asking those questions for years. And it all started with the story of Richard and Mildred Loving way back in the late 1950's. And its highlighted in a brand new film. "Loving," stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Nick Kroll, Marton Csokas, and Michael Shannon. It is directed and written  by Jeff Nichols who directed and wrote critically claimed movies like " Mud and Midnight Special." I was not super excited for "Loving," but very curious. Here's the story. 

"Loving," tells the journey Richard and Mildred go on just a few weeks after they drive to Washington D.C. (Where they could marry and live safely,) and marry, only to return to their native Virginia and get arrested. The next decade are basically spent sneaking into the state because they were told in order to avoid jail, they would need to leave Virginia for 25 years. Rather than continue to hide, they chose to fight. And it lead to the landmark Supreme Court case LOVING VERSES VIRGINIA.

 I really enjoyed "Loving," a lot. From its great performances to it cinematography, score, it is beautifully done. And it overall has a story that needed to be told. I only have one big complaint.  In some parts it feels like a TV movie. In some moments, the melodrama takes over, and it messes with the pacing a bit. But I came to realize, it was probably a lot worse for them in many ways. And so, in the end, I was all right with it. Both Edgerton and Negga really emphasize the pain and humiliation that two people suffered for just wanting to be together and start a family. Edgerton carries Richards guilt and fear in his face and shoulders. This man lived for years in fear his family could be imprisoned or killed.

This court case changed history. No longer would interracial couples have to hide, no matter where they were from. And while this pacing issue is real, its an important story to expose people too, and should be shown to governments students. It puts a human face on civil liberties. Makes you really see what was at stake. 

Overall, its a really good film with some spectacular performances, especially Joel Edgerton. its pacing problems exist, but all in all its a solid B+ film. 

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