Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Nov 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of an interracial couple that were arrested for breaking the law in Virginia by getting married and their legal battle for the right to stay married.
My Take on it – This is a deliberately slow moving film that takes its time developing the emotional bond for the viewer to see the amount of love between the characters instead of focusing on the courtroom scenes that make the story historic.
The fact that the legal issues mostly occur offscreen gives us time to see the love between these two people who the law wouldnt allow to be together.
Both Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga give extremely powerful (yet downplayed) performances here and it wont surprise me to see either or both of them nominated for these roles over the next few months.
Bottom Line – Slow moving biographical film that rightfully chooses to focus on the characters themselves instead of their legal battle. Edgerson and Negga are both quite powerful in their roles. This is more of a love story about two people who loved one another not caring about racial differences as opposed to dealing with the legalities of it all. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Jeff Nichols was able to tell the story of the Loving family as accurately as possible by relying on Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story (2011), which captured many details of their private lives: “We had this beautiful documentary footage unearthed from the mid-’60s where we got to go into their home and see them and watch them,” Nichols said. “It’s an unusual thing to have access to.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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