So, after a very long wait, I was finally able to go see the film Loving and I was very touched by what I saw.
Loving, which is based on true events, tells the story of how Richard (played by Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (played by Ruth Negga), an interracial couple, fought for their right to be legally married to one another in their home state of Virginia back in the 1960s.
Richard, a white man, and Mildred, a black woman, were actually married in Washington DC in 1958, but when they returned home to Virginia to start their family, they were ultimately arrested because they were in violation of Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law, which banned residents from marrying interracially.
At their court hearing, Richard and Mildred were given a choice: they could either take the jail time or leave the state. The judge ruled that they were not allowed to return to Virginia together for a period of 25 years. After taking the banishment, the Lovings moved to Washington DC, but overtime Mildred started to miss her family and her home, so she took her cousin’s advice and wrote a letter that ended up in the hands of a lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
That lawyer convinced the Lovings that if they decided to fight the Virginia judge’s ruling then their case could possibly change, not only their lives, but other people’s lives as well.
Richard and Mildred spent years fighting, but it ended up being worth it because their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, made it to the Supreme Court, where it was ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional.
I thought that this story was so sweet. I loved how dedicated Richard and Mildred were to one another. We all know how easy their lives would’ve been if they’d just split up, but they were determined not to do that. They loved one another, so they were willing to fight to stay together.
It was pretty clear that Mildred was the one that was really driving the train for appealing their banishment because Richard just seemed really closed off and quiet. I think as long as he was able to spend the rest of his life with his wife and children, he really didn’t care where they were and a part of me loved that about him. He was willing to make anything work, just as long as he had his wife and kids by his side.
Mildred was a very strong woman. In the film, it was very obvious that she didn’t like (probably hated) leaving Virginia, but she did what she needed to do to stay with Richard and to provide a home for their future children. However, I did understand her drive for wanting to fight for the right to live as a family in their home state.
Being as though this film was set in a time when racism was still pretty prominent, I expected to witness a lot of racial slurs and hate, but it actually wasn’t that bad. I think the N word was mentioned, maybe, once throughout the whole film, but I think that had to do with that fact that their hometown was actually pretty integrated. You’ll see scenes where whites and blacks mix and mingle.
Obviously the film wouldn’t have been any good if the acting wasn’t up to par, so I just want to mention that Ruth and Joel did a great job in playing the Lovings. Both actors’ performances were on point and they were very believable. In addition to that, their supporting actors were good as well, so I was impressed with everyone’s skills. It was an all around stunning performance.
I’d heard about Loving when they first started promoting it and I instantly put that on my list of must sees. I’m glad that I was finally able to see it because it’s such an inspirational story and film. So, if you haven’t seen it, then you really need to because it is a great movie. It’s currently showing in theaters near you, so you should definitely pick a date and time to go check it out.
However, for those of you who have seen it, let me know your thoughts on the film.
A Little Extra: Although Loving has already been released in the USA, it won’t be released in the UK until February 3, 2017, so, for all my readers that are living in the UK, be on the lookout for this gem.