Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post Asks "Can cultural appropriation ever be appropriate?"
Loving and writer/director Jeff Nichols take center stage in an insightful, thought-provoking essay by The Washington Post's chief film critic Ann Hornaday.
"For the writer-director of Loving, Jeff Nichols, the key had to do with identification: He had no qualms about bringing the story to the screen, he told me, and not just because Richard Loving was a white man, too...Like Mildred, he added, he has an abiding love of home and place when it comes to the American South. 'I felt like I understood [her] point of view. And as long as I attached to that, I felt like I’d be okay.'"
Hornaday continues "It turns out that Nichols was better than okay: Loving is a graceful, intimately modulated portrait that not only captures the unprepossessing temperaments of its main characters, but also the singular atmosphere of Caroline County at its most tribally complex and reassuringly serene."
The complete study can be viewed at The Washington Post.
Both Edgerton and Negga are beyond extraordinary.
Joel Edgerton as Richard and Ruth Negga as Mildred give performances that will be talked about for years.
“Jeff’s script is so beautifully written. This is a story that gets into your heart and touches deep wells of feeling. ”
Ruth Negga: remember the name. It's been a long time since an actor/actress has me so unapologetically in the bag. This woman is something special...
They weren’t martyrs, and didn’t want to be. They weren’t symbols, and didn’t want to be. They were two people in love who wanted to be with each other and their family.