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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Loving

A whole lotta Loving.

Loving, from director Jeff Nichols (Mud), tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving and the 1967 civil rights decision on laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Loving vs. Virginia was one of history’s most groundbreaking Supreme Court cases, but you might gloss over that landmark status while watching this subtle, but affecting story that centers on the couple involved.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play the quiet and dignified couple, appropriately named Loving, with a restrained style that is, well, quiet and dignified. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the viewer understand much about these two individuals or lead to much onscreen excitement. However, I’ll take their simple chemistry to courtroom grandstanding and speeches any day.

Simple put: Subtle to a fault, but quietly affecting

Award potential: Best Actress nomination for Ruth Negga but no nominations for Best Picture or other categories, which feels about right. It’s a fine film, but not best of the year.


The Ten Buck Review: Worth ten bucks.

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