Benjamin Maio Mackay
Loving - 4.5 Stars
Powerful, thought provoking and poignant. Loving is a truly brilliant film.
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
What I like most about this movie is that is doesn't overly dramatise the real-life events upon which it’s based. Everything is underplayed and understated, you don’t truly recognise the consequences until the end of the of the film. For that I applaud the film. It focuses on two people who are in love and that’s what they care about. It’s a very human story.
Ruth Negga’s Oscar Nominated performance in the film is brilliant. She portrays a range of emotions with intricate detail, but never overplays anything. Joel Edgerton is one of Australia’s truly underrated performers and is phenomenal in the movie. Again his performance is small and understated, but brilliantly so.
While some may argue the pacing is a little slow and not enough happens, I think the timing of the film is paramount to its success. The viewer needs to see the trails and tribulations of this marriage, and the effect the law has upon it. We need to see how far these people can be pushed.
Overall it’s a great film with a powerful message and is still relevant today. One not to miss.
Loving is in cinemas nation wide from March 16.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas