Overall Rating 5/5
November 4, 2016
Dir. Jeff Nichols
Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements)
Selected to compete for the Palme d’Or and receiving an Oscar nod for Best Actress, Loving, is deserving of its critical praise. I think Joel Edgerton deserved a nomination for his leading role as well, seeing as it was hands down one of the strongest and most nuanced performances I’ve seen this year (maybe even topping his co-star Ruth Negga). Egerton and Negga play husband and wife in this true story about a biracial couple whose marriage had many repercussions including the events that led to Loving v. Virginia, the civil rights case that would go to the Supreme Court in 1967.
A daringly human film, Loving, does more than just tell an inspirational tale of love; it carefully and deliberately paints an honest picture of events that actually occurred without ever becoming too much of a “romance.” The fervent care with which this film was made makes it an important film as well as an effective one.
Minor pacing issues as well as a bit of “true-story-constraint” caused the film to feel a little less than perfect. However, I’m still giving this one a rating of 5 because those flaws are overcome by the effectiveness of the film.