Scrolling Headlines:

UMass basketball lands transfer Kieran Hayward from LSU -

May 18, 2017

UMass basketball’s Donte Clark transferring to Coastal Carolina -

May 17, 2017

Report: Keon Clergeot transfers to UMass basketball program -

May 15, 2017

Despite title-game loss, Meg Colleran’s brilliance in circle was an incredible feat -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball loses in heartbreaker in A-10 title game -

May 14, 2017

Navy sinks UMass women’s lacrosse 23-11 in NCAA tournament second round, ending Minutewomen’s season -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball advances to A-10 Championship game -

May 13, 2017

UMass basketball adds Rutgers transfer Jonathan Laurent -

May 13, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse gets revenge on Colorado, beat Buffs 13-7 in NCAA Tournament First Round -

May 13, 2017

Meg Colleran dominates as UMass softball tops Saint Joseph’s, advances in A-10 tournament -

May 12, 2017

Rain keeps UMass softball from opening tournament play; Minutewomen earn A-10 honors -

May 11, 2017

Former UMass football wide receiver Tajae Sharpe accused of assault in lawsuit -

May 10, 2017

Justice Gorsuch can save the UMass GEO -

May 10, 2017

Minutemen third, Minutewomen finish fifth in Atlantic 10 Championships for UMass track and field -

May 8, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse wins A-10 title for ninth straight season -

May 8, 2017

Dayton takes two from UMass softball in weekend series -

May 8, 2017

Towson stonewalls UMass men’s lacrosse in CAA Championship; Minutemen season ends after 9-4 loss -

May 6, 2017

Zach Coleman to join former coach Derek Kellogg at LIU Brooklyn -

May 5, 2017

UMass men’s lacrosse advances to CAA finals courtesy of Dan Muller’s heroics -

May 4, 2017

On campus: The liberal assault on free speech -

May 4, 2017

‘Loving’ is simple, honest and a rare beauty

Ruth Negga, left, in a scene from the film "Loving." (Focus Features)

Ruth Negga, left, in a scene from the film “Loving.” (Focus Features)

Writer-director Jeff Nichols is often a minimalist with storytelling. He simply relies on his characters and their lives. He is not a director known for using superfluous action, explosions or dialogue – and his latest film “Loving” is no exception.

“Loving” traces the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving. The film starts off with our two protagonists who are young and in love, played honestly by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton. The two don’t need to say much to make the viewer feel they belong together. It’s the way they move and interact with each other that proves they fit like a lock and key.

They get married and plan to spend the rest of their lives together. Richard buys a piece of land and builds a home for Mildred and their new family and fittingly places their framed marriage certificate above their bed. Then one night their peaceful, honest and blissful world is desecrated and invaded by intruders. These intruders are police officers arresting them because in 1958  Virginia, interracial marriage was illegal.

Nichols brilliantly enlivens his simplest screenplay yet. He doesn’t overtly tell the audience anything about the conflict of the film until the characters do themselves. He allows the viewer to fall in love with this young couple and root for them earnestly. As such, I found the reason they could not be together in their home just as offensive as Mildred and Richard did.

Nichols also brings back composer David Wingo, who has worked on most of his other projects. These two blend together just as beautifully as James Cameron and James Horner or Steven Spielberg and John Williams. Wingo knows exactly how to advance the story through his music. He allows us to understand how the Lovings are feeling and what they’re thinking. This is especially laudable since both Mildred and Richard are introverted and meek.

Negga transforms into Mildred, a shy and timid young woman, who first looked to her father for guidance and direction and then her husband. It isn’t until her children are born that she becomes more proactive and self-confident.

Edgerton is equally as compelling as Richard, who is cold and aloof to anyone but his family. He wants only to protect his family from the harsh ignorance of the law as well as the scrutiny of the media. Mildred and Richard don’t say much and when they do they are soft spoken, yet their eyes and body language say so much. This is something that clearly fits into the fabric of the Deep South where they live, yet sticks out once they are forced to move to Washington, DC.

Nichols doesn’t have any new tricks in this film and that’s why it works so beautifully. The film doesn’t spend more than five minutes in the courtroom and we barely hear or see lawyers arguing their respective case. It is not simply a drama with heavy-handed or self-congratulatory concern for civil rights, but rather an intimate film about two ordinary people in love trying to live their lives in peace.

Lauren LaMagna can be reached at llamagns@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @laurenlamango.

Comments
2 Responses to “‘Loving’ is simple, honest and a rare beauty”
  1. David Hunt 1990 says:

    Don’t forget, it was DEMOCRATS who passed the marriage license laws to prevent interracial marriages.

  2. elizabethw says:

    This is just a propaganda film; part of the intention of the far left and globalism is to through social engineering and encouragement cause balkinization and inter-mixing; which historically has led to disaster.

Leave A Comment