Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols, is based on the infamous true story of the endurance of the interracial marriage of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga). The story was set in Virginia, 1958, when interracial was still considered unacceptable.

Richard (a white man) and Mildred (a black woman) suffered the judgment from whites and blacks, their families, friends, and from the law. Once Richard and Mildred were married in Washington, D.C, upon their return, they began to receive aggressive threats and criticism for their marriage. Despite the fact the Lovings had a legal marriage certificate, their marriage was still considered unlawful in Virginia.

After Mildred was in jail for several days, while pregnant, the county court ruled that they must leave the state for 25 years, or be sentenced to time in prison. Once they left Virginia together, Civil Right lawyers and organizations took notice to their predicament and were able take their case to state court (which the Lovings lost), and then to the Supreme Court. After months of contemplation, the Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that interracial marriage should be considered constitutional. After living in fear for nine years, the Lovings were able to move back to Virginia, and Richard was able to keep his promise to Mildred that he would build her a house where they could raise their family in peace.

The movie starred Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Black Mass) and Ruth Negga (Warcraft, World War Z). Both of these actors did an impeccable job of representing the quiet champions of Richard and Mildred while portraying their human endurance of the time of civil rights and inequality.

I foresee Edgerton receiving an Oscar nomination for the role of Richard Loving. His shy mannerisms, endearment toward Mildred , and his scene in which he breaks down crying when he truly realizes the brutal hardships him and Mildred were facing. I was especially impressed with Edgerton’s portrayal of Richard’s internal conflict in his attempts to assimilate into black society and to be accepted within Mildred’s social group. However, I do not think Negga will receive an Oscar nomination, but this role definitely advanced her as an actress. The adapted screenplay of Loving was brilliant, serious, and well done. I foresee the screenplay receiving an Oscar nomination, and possibly an Oscar win.

The cinematography in Loving was exceptionally well done by Adam Stone (Mud, Midnight Special). His beautiful cinematography supplemented the story by showing the viewer the time and seasons passing as the movie progresses. The cinematography illustrated the significant amount of time that passed until Richard and Mildred found their resolution. I also foresee cinematography earning a nomination at the Oscars this year.

Overall, I immensely enjoyed this film. The combination of the professional, flawless acting, cinematography, and screenplay, I am extremely confident Loving will be successful at the Oscars this year. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a drama film, but be prepared to cry at the end, I most definitely wasn’t.

 

Written by Alyssa Weinstein

Staff Writer