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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.
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.
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.
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: