A Look at the Movies

Rated R

2 hours 10 minutes

Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – I tell you, those good ole boy southern bigots sure loved their segregation laws in the 1950s, ruthlessly and mercilessly hounding an interracial couple.

“Loving” tells the inspiring true story of how hardship and struggle and the U.S. Supreme court overcame injustice. Australian Joel Edgerton and Ethiopian Ruth Negga play their roles to perfection. They were just simple folks caught up in a whirlpool of hate that the Ku Klux Klan would have been proud of.

Someone sitting next to me remarked how “Loving” engulfs you with a growing feeling, first of outrage and then of hope. The rising tide of emotion is so carefully orchestrated, this sublime film builds to an unforgettable emotional impact.

Scene after scene, “Loving” captures perfectly the essence of a couple caught up in a legal firestorm that’s not of their making. As the case goes to the Supreme Court, Edgerton’s lawyers asks, what message does he have for the Chief Justice? He thinks carefully and replies…”You tell the judge…You tell the judge, I love my wife.”

It’s not surprising, “Loving” wasn’t released until near the year to make the most of its Oscar possibilities. Writer-Director Jeff Nichols calculated perfectly just what touches your heart and then plays a tender tune on your heartstrings.

For this exceptional film, a loving four stars. You won’t have a more stirring experience during this holiday movie season.