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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.
Both Edgerton and Negga offer beautiful, sensitive performances that rely on flickering expressions, subtle body language, and vocal intonations to convey every semblance of emotion needed to bring the Lovings back to life.
With Loving, writer/director Jeff Nichols takes on an historical court case, one which has been dealt with on film before, in documentaries and a previous dramatization, but never with such a deft touch - or with such accuracy:
Loving is Negga's movie, and she leads us into the complicated life of Mildred, with just a simple glance. Her eyes are expressive and hypnotizing and her voice-measured and melodic-delivers a knockout punch.
When an American film centers on a mixed-race couple, generally the relationship is framed as a problem. Nichols doesn't distract us from any moment of intimacy; he's canny enough to realize that his film is in his actors' faces.