Loving is a timely tale that deserves to be told and is done in the softest of ways. Jeff Nichols' strikingly private picture paints a stunning portrait of unconditional love in its purest form, despite the hostile environment it must try and survive in. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga deliver two stunningly restricted and subtle performances that anchor the film during its more trying times. It's an admirable piece of film-making, one reminiscent of Amma Asante's A United Kingdom from late last year and would act as a terrific double-bill for those who manage to get a chance to experience them. Or try it with Denial, an equally powerful story about real life events that we are still evidently learning from. Attentive towards the sensitivity of this milestone event, as well as the characters at its very heart, Loving may not be the most well-rounded film of the year but it is an important one.
Summary: Loving is a sensitive and understated telling of a story that deserves to be told, bolstered by two fantastic performance from Negga and Edgerton that ensure the themes and characters are at the very heart of the film.
Highlight: The scene in which Richard falls asleep in Mildred's lap is so stunning and natural that it can't help but leave you feeling emotional for these two lovers.