Jeff Nichols is a guy who likes to write and direct his own stories and now he is bringing us the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. An interracial couple whose challenge of their anti miscegenation arrest for their marriage led to a legal battle that would go all the way to the US Supreme Court.
Given that description you might be forgiven for expecting a film set in the courts with the couples lawyers arguing their case. However this film doesn’t do that. Instead of showing us the court battles it uses them as a backdrop to the real story, the story of two people in love who just wanted to be together in the place they called home.
Mildred is played by the incredibly talented Ruth Negga who you may remember as Raina from Marvels Agents of Shield. While Richard is played by the brilliant Joel Edgerton who is best known for his role as John Connolly in Black Mass.
Mildred and Richard are simple folks who just want to live simple lives and the film does a great job of portraying this. The film may be a bit of a slow burn with lots of repetition and quiet moments but it works and that is mostly down to the brilliant performances by Joel and Ruth.
The film benefits from being filmed largely in the town where it all happened with some really nice cinematography to boot. There is a quiet simplicity to it all, it comes from the genuine performances and the brilliant direction from Jeff Nichols.
Loving was not quite what I expected it to be and while I would have liked to have seen more from this story I can’t fault it for trying to tell their story. It is well directed, well shot and features some good performances, worth taking a look if you get the chance.