Loving was a much anticipated film that I wanted to see since January when I first saw the previews while watching another film. The film was first shown at the Cannes Film Festival this past August. After seeing the previews I started doing some research on the picture; finding out that the film was based on a true story about Richard Perry Loving and Mildred Jeter Loving about interracial marriage in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s at the height of the civil rights movement in the United States.
The film was solely based on their story and what they had to go through; what was great about this film was there were no historical inaccuracies throughout the film, the screenwriter, Jeff Nichols, stuck to the most important parts of the Loving’s life, story, and the hardships they endured for almost 10 years. The filmmaker, Jeff Nichols, used a lot of parallel editing when he told this story; by intercutting events, such as how the main characters went about their daily lives and that happened simultaneously with what was going on with their case. For example, you saw when the lawyers at the ACLU were handling their case and you saw how the Loving’s were going about their lives that is just one example of the parallel editing that was used throughout the film. I found that to be a nice touch and it really pulled the viewer into the story even more and it really built the story up to its final conclusion.
If people are unaware to what this film is about just look up the court case on-line; search Loving vs. Virginia and you’ll find out the basis of this film, but I’ll give you a little synopsis of what is was about. The cases is about it was against the law for a white person and a black person to marry each other; this was according to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, what also makes this film really powerful and impactful is there was another landmark decision this year regarding same-sex marriage that was also a 14th Amendment issue. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage so even though something happened almost 60 years ago, it still affects things going on today.
In my opinion, right now Loving is the front-runner to win Best Picture at this years Academy Awards because this was a social consciousness film, people don’t know it affects them until they think about it, much like Spotlight was for so many, and that’s why that film won Best Picture last year. In addition, Joel Edgerton’s performance in this film was a career-defining role, it was heart wrenching to say the least, his performance is worthy of getting a Best Actor nomination, and he is my odds on favorite to win the award this year.
The film is going to garner a lot of other Academy Award nominations in many of the other categories, but I have not seen a better film this year, thus far, or for that matter a better performance by another actor. However, I knew how the film ended, but I still wanted to see how the film was put together with all of the moving parts and elements.
I Overall, I would grade this film a solid B; great story, great script, great acting, and good directing. My next film review will be on Rules Don’t Apply.