(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Loving is a very emotional drama about love and perseverance, even though it may drag a lot, it is a good watch for all of us to learn and understand!!!
Rating: 4 Stars
One thing I never understood in history is what is the big deal with interracial marriages in the 50’s. Even if it is a racial thing, I don’t understand why the government and law enforcement got involved. Then again it is Virginia in the 50’s so maybe I’m being too naive. The reason this is so emotional for me is because I have dated girls that are a different race than me. So it really does hit close to home. Nowadays, it really isn’t that big of a deal, or at least that is what I believe. So with this film, Loving, I really want to see the whole reasoning from the politics, culture, and even religion of why this was so taboo back in the day. I’m ready to be informed and become emotionally engaged to this type of drama.
What I Like: The story may be simple, but I thought it captured the real essence of the Loving family and what they are fighting for. I loved the fact that they continue on loving each other and raising their family, and taking the risks to do what is right for their family no matter what happens. I loved how when they decided to illegally move back to a rural part of Virginia and the paranoia that Richard Loving, played by Joel Edgerton, has to endure to not be caught by the police and complicate their situation. It was fascinating to see their trials and tribulations, but they stuck out because a white man and a black woman truly love each other tremendously. That line where Richard tells his lawyer after not wanting to go to the Supreme Court, “Tell the judge, that I love my wife,” actually speaks volumes to what this true story is all about. It is very emotional. Surprisingly, Nick Kroll who usually plays a comedic douche in his movies, actually played their civil lawyer, and I thought he did a pretty good job. As I said before, watching this film got me pretty emotional in seeing how politics almost ruined their lives and marriage, but justice prevails.
The So So: So, I’m basing this opinion on the pre Oscar hype. I thought the chemistry between Richard Loving and Mildred Loving, played by Ruth Negga were pretty good. Though, I don’t understand what is the Oscar hype. I didn’t think their acting was any spectacular to earn a Oscar nomination. If I had to pick between the two, I think Ruth Negga has a good shot for Best Actress. Other than that, I don’t see them winning anything if they do get that nomination.
What I Didn’t Like: Even thought the story kept me engaged, I really thought the film dragged a lot. It showed more about their lives of peaceful living instead of fight. I like to see a little fight in them to for equal rights, but you get nothing of that which made the story drag. It may be main point of the story, but it didn’t work for me. Which is a little unfortunate. I mean even when they won the case, they didn’t even show any type of celebration, they just continued their country lives.
Overall: It is a good watch which brings some huge historical context in the political and culture world in Virginia in the 50’s. Even though the Loving family didn’t put up a big fight, they still showed perseverance by their love for one another and their children. They really followed the philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, and I couldn’t be any more prouder for them in helping other people to freely marry to whoever they want!!!
Rating: 4 Stars