In 1958, in the state of Virginia, the idea of interracial marriage was not only considered to be immoral to many, it was also illegal. When Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) fall in love, they are aware of the eyes staring at them and the words said behind their backs. It is when they get married, however, that words and looks become actions, and the two are arrested. The couple decide to take their case all of the way to the Supreme Court in order to fight for their love.
This covers a story most people won't be aware of and gives it a personal feel without the need to grandstand any of the points. It is a personal drama about two people who love each other and want to be left alone to do so, even from those who want to change the law that prevents them being together. The performances are superb, especially from Ruth Negga who has the more showy role. If you do enjoy this then try and watch Jeff Nichols' other films which are just as good.
Two stars are awarded for the cinematography and authentic backdrops, props and costumes, not to mention dialogue. Might work better as a novel (was it a based on a book?), but it's a slow and predictable tale of a certain time and place where - guess what? People used to be a bit racist. It's very slow, and might have been a great film if it was released 40 - 50 years ago.
Movie apparently based on a true story. I couldn't engage with any of the characters (if characters they be) and found the incessant doe-eyed expression on the face of the female lead very irritating. Male lead was glum and both were humourless. Bordering on the banal, I wouldnt recommend this to anybody. One star for the song accompanying the credits
Some very good acting and interesting from a historical point in that I for one wasn't aware of the different inter racial laws between states.
I found the whole story rather drawn out to the point it became a bit boring - as someone else said it could have been shorter but worth seeing all the same.
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True story which should be told but surely he wasn't this DULL
- Loving review by DH
Perhaps the real Richard Loving was really dreary in true life, if so then this movie did a good job of representing him. If he had an ounce of spark then this film did him a huge dis-service. A landmark position in history, just a shame that it didn't involve more dynamic people. Movie is totally boring which you feel it shouldn't be given the subject. Such a shame.
There are two reasons for not giving this film a rave review. Surely the couple must have known that it was illegal to live in Virginia as a married mixed race couple ? Did they really think that no-one would betray them ? We also think that the movie was a little overlong, perhaps fifteen minutes or so ? Apart from that it was an excellent movie - intelligent, well acted and well worth seeing.