Jeff Nichols finally gets the opportunity to "sell-out" here and make a conventional biopic with courtroom theatrics, emotional manipulation, and contrivances galore, and he chooses to make an understated, relationship-centered drama that completely forgoes mawkishness. Far from perfect, but two strong lead performances and a supporting cast of champions work to liven Nichols' material in the finest way possible.
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton both give Oscar caliber performances here in this adaptation of the Mildred and Richard Loving story. That unfortunately seems to be what this film is though...Oscar bait. The film disappointingly never seems to transcend what is really just another 'court' film. It has its moments but lacks a certain intimacy that was needed between the couple and their extended family.
Full of profound little moments. It smartly avoids being a boring courtroom drama, instead focusing on the love story at the heart of an historic Supreme Court decision. It does end up feeling like 55% exposition, but it's a moving and timely film.
With Loving, Nichols proves again that he is a first class filmmaker. The film never falls in the clichés of the biopic genre; it's exquisitely acted and stunningly photographed. There is something about his films: they already look like classics.
If I were a scholar, I'd study the reasons why this movie is a Film d'Auteur while, with such a topic, it could so easily have been one of these producer movies the US deliver by the hundreds each year. Recommended.
This is proof of how talented Nicholas is on the structure design, the movie worked without need for a climax!. focusing on the emotions and performances and it was good, but i really have the curiosity to see Nicholas do more edgy characters like in paul thomas anderson films, pushing to the extreme abit! ..Mmmm changed my mind, i like the maturity side on his protagonists, they alwyes looked like a good father.
Taken on its own terms, as a fairly simple story about two people changing the world by refusing to cede ground they consider rightfully theirs--that of their marriage, sure, but also of their families, the commonwealth of Virginia, and the parcel of land Richard buys just before he and his wife are first arrested--Loving is a nearly unqualified success. As Oscar-bait, well, let the statuettes fall where they may.