Friday, November 11, 2016

LOVING

ROG'S VIEWPOINT - In 1958, interracial couple Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Jeter Loving (Ruth Negga) were arrested and sentenced to prison in Virginia. Their suit against the state led to the Supreme Court's unanimous decision making
laws prohibiting interracial marriage unconstitutional. Director/writer Jeff Nichols' film leisurely reveals the trials and tribulations from their marriage through the groundbreaking court ruling. Joel Edgerton's understated performance is overshadowed at times by Ruth Negga's extraordinary portrayal. Michael Shannon makes a brief, but welcomed appearance as photographer Grey Villet, who took the iconic LIFE Magazine photos of the couple. There's much to like in "Loving", a historical true-life drama that is relevant today. ***