The Color of Love
Marriage has since its inception gone through many trials and revisions as to what defines a union between a man and a woman. The infamous Loving v. Virginia case that went all the way to the Supreme Court was the domino effect that redefined both law and the image of marriage. Loving retells the history leading up to the landmark case with a subtle but impeccably aesthetic look the couple's arduous beginnings and how hard they fought for their love and marriage. After learning she is pregnant, Mildred (Ruth Negga) and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) travel to Washington D.C. to get married as interracial marriages are prohibited in Virginia due to the anti-miscegenation laws. Shortly after returning home, upon discovering the Loving's recent union, the local police raid the couple's home and arrest them claiming their marriage license holds no validity. The couple are obligated to leave the state of Virginia for 25 years if they wish to remain together and avoid jail. What follows afterwards are the events that eventually lead to the unanimous decision to void all laws banning interracial marriages in the country. The film's approach to the couple's tale is shown with pain-staking accuracy and doesn't bother with familiar thematic tropes that are regularly seen in other biopic films, which makes Loving all the more better of a film. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are both commendable and fluid as the couple and transmit incredible chemistry with one another; their performances being some of the best I've seen. Loving doesn't tread on the themes of racism and bigotry heavily but it incorporates them appropriately so it doesn't feel so overwhelming; most of the emphasis is placed on the couple and small scenes and interchanges of small dialogue between the two. It's these brief moments that bring a sense of authenticity and genuine truth to the struggle and courage of this couple. I've reviewed a plentiful of films on this site but Loving is the rare film that can be entertaining to watch as it is to learn about an important moment in history and how love can truly conquer anything. Loving is absolute gem of a film and gets my highest recommendation.