Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia, we had the chance to see ‘Loving’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Set against the backdrop of the American civil rights movements of the 1960s, ‘Loving’ is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving. This couple are famously known for helping to change the l’Loving’ – Reviewaws on the “Racial Integrity Act” which prohibited interracial marriage in the state of Virginia.
“Loving” was a highly enjoyable film though different then I anticipated. Unlike other films set during the civil rights movements, ‘Loving’ isn’t focussed on violence and racism. The film depicts the Loving Family’s struggles at a slow pace as the film spans just under a decade. It is very easy for this genre of film to be filled with excessive violence, overly drawn out monologues and highly expressive music aimed to garner an emotional response from the audience and Oscar nominations. Instead, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga’s acting style feels authentic and grounded in reality in step with the films slow paced plot and minimalist music. Both actors are exceptional with a great chemistry between them.
Instead of focussing on the Supreme Court case, the film focusses on Richard and Mildred’s relationship. In particular, it looks at their struggles of being outcasts in their town and the pain and loss of moving away from friends and family. It makes for a deeply personal and moving film. The film primary focusses on the character of Mildred Loving and her active role in writing to Bobby Kennedy and garnering support from the media. Actress Ruth Negga definitely carries the film and her Oscar nomination was well deserved!
The film is beautifully shot in Virginia, making use of the states elegant landscapes. The slow panning shots of the countryside immerses the audience in an atmosphere and gives one a sense of the period. Further, the use of these shots is crucial to the film because it gives a sense of the family’s connection to their town and their desperation to move back.
Defiantly a tear jerker, ‘Loving’ is a unique film which doesn’t follow the similar stock conventions of its American Civil Rights genre. Although slow in parts ‘Loving’ is an enjoyable film presenting a slice a life and American contemporary history. Audiences are given a realistic look into the life and struggles of this incredibly brave Loving family.
LOVING opens in Australia March 16th