Writer: Jeff Nichols (Screenplay)
Starring: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Terri Abney, Alano Miller
Plot: The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision.
Tagline – All love is created equal.
Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Important Drama
Story: Loving starts as we meet our interracial couple Mildred (Negga) and Richard (Edgerton) living in Virginia in the 1960s, the two start a family and get married, breaking the laws of the state. The couple are forced to leave the state or face prison time which turns out to be harder than they thought.
The couple look to fight against the ruling which is a battle which will go right up to the supreme court for one of the most important historic decisions.
Thoughts on Loving
Characters – Mildred is a black woman living in Virginia, she has a close family and is in love with Richard, she wants to be with him no matter what the law says and will lead the fight for them to be together in there home state. Richard is a white man, a builder for trade who is happily in love, he wants to be able to fight for their love even if the law prevents him. The other characters in this true story include the family members, the people against them and the lawyers that support them.
Performances – Ruth Negga was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, you can see why because she is fantastic, Joel Edgerton also shines in his role which does focus on him bottling in the troubles he is going through. The supporting cast doesn’t get as much time to shine, but they all do good when they are on screen, letting to two stars shine.
Story – The story follows one of the biggest and most important cases in American law, the married couple that are threatened with jail for getting married if they stay in the Virginia. The story follows a decade of their life from the moment they got married to the moment they have their trial. It would be fair to say we could have seen some more of the cases taking place, but for what their story did for the law, the story is important.
Biopic/Romance – This is the real story between Mildred and Richard, an interracial couple that were guilty of marrying when it was considered illegal. The romance shows us just how love can bring people together.
Settings – The film shows us just where Virginia was during the 60s, though the settings not being overly important to the visual but more about the laws.
Final Thoughts –This is an important story that shows us how the law in America needed to be changed, it showed us how naïve they were once and how this story helped show us one story that helped change it.
Overall: Important drama that shows how backwards America once was.