True stories can become tedious viewing, especially when you know everything about the actual facts. Here, the historic love story of Richard and Mildred Loving is at the heart of this entertaining movie.
Their case went all the way to the American Supreme Court and made marriage legal between races.
Richard and Mildred lived in Virginia, where they couldn’t marry. They drove to Washington D.C. and tied the knot before driving home and getting into trouble with the law.
It seemed appropriate to watch “Loving” on February 14th.
Jeff Nichols directs and never drifts into overly sentimental territory.
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga do a fine job as the two leads. Marton Csokas is terrific as the sinister sheriff who appears to delight in enforcing the law.
Michael Shannon is a regular in Nichols’s films and he appears here as Life magazine photographer Grey Villet.
The whole ensemble features very good performances. Scenes of beautiful cars and racing offer light relief.
It’s good to be reminded of the credible way the ACLU took on this case and forced all the states to accept interracial marriage.
Stratford East Picturehouse was very packed and all seemed to enjoy the film.