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"Loving" Movie Review

By David Hirschhorn in Entertainment

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NOTE: SPOILERS INCLUDED

 

The recently released film “Loving,” directed by Jeff Nichols, tells an inspiring story of a couple struggling with the complications of having an interracial marriage in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Set in Caroline County, Virginia and  Washington, D.C., the film demonstrates that  segregation  not only affected  African-Americans, but also marriage between whites and African-Americans.

The movie is a little bit slow-going, but nonetheless, it’s still a good film. The plot line was intriguing and there were some great actors. The film shares a very powerful message of how cruel some people in the United States were in the 60’s and 70’s. The film centers around Jim and Mildred Loving, who are deeply in love with one another and want to get married. Since it was illegal for them to get married in their residence of Caroline County, Virginia, they left to get married in Washington, D.C. When they return to Caroline County, police arrest Mr. and Mrs. Loving and say that they cannot live together in the state of Virginia and need to live somewhere else.

After contacting the ACLU, Mr. and Mrs. Loving meet ACLU lawyer Bernard Cohen, played by Nick Kroll, who does a fantastic job acting as a kind lawyer who helps the Lovings. While normally a star in comedy movies, he really does a convincing job in a role that is unusual for him. After losing the case at the local level, the Lovings appeal to the state of Virginia, where unsurprisingly lose the case again. The Lovings then appeal to the Supreme Court.

The best part of the movie was when Mr. Cohen asks Jim Loving, who refuses to attend the Supreme Court hearing, if there is anything in particular Cohen should say to the Supreme Court justices. Mr. Loving says, “You can tell the Supreme Court, that I love my wife.”

The Supreme Court proceeds to hear the case, Loving v. Virginia and the Lovings win! The two are able to move back into normal life in Caroline County with their three kids.

I would give the film a 3.75/5 stars. The storyline was interesting but I thought that the casting could’ve been better. Joel Edgerton, who plays Jim Loving I believe was cast for the sole reason that he looks very similar to the actual Jim Loving. His acting was subpar as he wasn’t enthusiastic or convincing in his role at all. He would be asked a question during the movie and would take what seemed like one year to answer it. On top of that, he would only answer with a short “yeah” or “uh-huh.”

 

However, actors like Ruth Negga and Nick Kroll did good jobs in their roles. They each were convincing and enthusiastic in their roles of Mrs. Loving and Bernard Cohen respectively. Overall the plot was good and some of the acting was good, but it was too slow-going. I am not eager to go back and rewatch it to say the least. It was a good story but if the story wasn’t as slow-going, I would have liked it much more.

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