Loving tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.
If you don’t know of Jeff Nichols work, you should. He’s one of the most promising directors of intensely lower budgeted films. He’s films don’t make a lot but oh my word are they amazing gems. If you’ve been following me for a while or read any of my previous reviews on his work, you would know I’m a big fan of his work so it shouldn’t be a surprise Loving is another addition to the list of films he’s directed that I’ve liked.
Even if you weren’t already familiar with the true story of which this film is based and with a TV movie already being made in 1996, there’s a question of why this film was remade. At the beginnings of the scary reality of Trump’s America along with the ever increasing racial tensions, many are like myself just plain unaware of their astonishing court case. Then again, it should’t really be any surprise as the Loving’s story isn’t something taught or talked about.
If anything, Nichols’ work was always brilliantly shot if not a little on the slow side. It combines brilliant storytelling with dramatic cinematography that takes your breath away. It’s always something that makes Nichols’ work so memorable. You really get to see the inner workings of these two introverts, people I can relate much to in that aspect, who become activists in their own right.
A part of what made their case so monumental was their help in reversing the segregationist slave laws that essentially considered biracial children bastardised, thus preventing the children from ever receiving their inheritance, and prevented from interracial couples from ever being legally married. Why something like this isn’t talked about is beyond me and makes it required watching for any human being.