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For such a quiet movie, Loving moves at a lightning pace. We cover nearly two decades of the Lovings lives. Thanks to the incredible craft, particularly the costumes and editing, we feel like we are dropped into those periods.
...the intersection of race and legality in the country was characterized by crucial gray shades that Loving reduces to the digestibility of a Hallmark card. That the colors on that card are muted and arty can't hide its retreaded sentiment.
Negga's performance captures the lightning of Mildred's love for Richard... But by bottling up this intensity and minimizing her own presence, Negga also captures the physical reality of a black woman living in a region entrenched in Jim Crow bigotry.
While its story of conquering racism still transmits hope, LOVING's presentation merely goes through the motions of the central couple's account without furnishing it with the affection it requires to transcend.
Respectably written, performed and shot, Loving is refined and mannered to a fault, but a lack of emotional impact renders it ever-so-slightly forgettable - especially when compared to Nichols' visionary prior works.
For all the victories of Loving - all the tender, true moments and impressive, discreet thespian skill - it inspires one too many watch checks...Act structure crumbles under the relative dearth of material to translate and one year crawls by at a time.
That laid-back, quiet style almost undersells the importance of the material here, although I prefer this approach rather than a heavy-handed one. It allows Edgerton and Negga to shine in their respective roles.