Flash Movie Review: Loving

THE first time I heard that word being hurled at me I knew it would not be the last time. What I did not know was once a person was labeled by that word, no matter what they achieved, most of their peers would still only see a f-a-t person. Around the same time I remember a classroom discussion about race. A little boy in class asked the teacher why some people’s skin was a different color. I still recall what the teacher said to us. She told the class all it meant was that person’s family, from a very long time ago, was born in a different part of the world. The closer to the equator, the darker the person’s skin would be is how she described it. This bit of information turned into a game outside of class, where students would guess where a person’s grandparents were born based on the color of the skin on a person.     NOW fast forward to high school my freshman year; we heard a rumor there was a time when girls were not allowed to wear pants in school. You can imagine how astonished we were on this bit of news. It turned out it was true; if you were female then you had to wear a skirt or dress to school. I could not understand what possible reason did the administration have for such a ridiculous rule. Past my school years when I was living in the city in my first apartment, I was walking down the street. Two guys were walking in my direction but I did not pay attention since there was a variety of shoppers on the street. Just as we were coming shoulder to shoulder the guy closest to me punched me in the face and I staggered back into a plate glass window. Either they did it for some initiation or they just did not like the way I looked. For 2 1/2 decades I had experienced actions based on looks, why was there such a preoccupation with it?    MILDRED and Richard, played by Ruth Nega (World War Z, The Samaritan) and Joel Egerton (The Gift, Black Mass), were deeply in love. Their love however was not right according to some of their neighbors. Based on a true story this dramatic biography set during the 1950s in Virginia had such an important story to tell. With Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Equalizer) as Sheriff Brooks and Nick Kroll (Adult Beginners; I Love You, Man) as Bernie Cohen, the actors were all good; however, Joel and Ruth were incredible and Ruth deserves an Oscar nomination. For this story I felt the script could have done a better job in telling the story. I wanted to know how Mildred and Richard met considering the obvious racial divide that was on display. There was a subdued nature to the telling of this story, both the written word and the directing of scenes. At the end of the film I had a mixture of feelings. On the one hand one could say we have come a long way from this story; but on the other hand, the hate I am currently seeing in the world makes it seem as if nothing has changed. Hate is the new black.


2 3/4 stars



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Posted on November 18, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Wow! I saw the previews the other day and it sounds interesting. It’s interesting but that was pretty much how it was for my white dad marrying my Hispanic mother. The only difference is we lived in California. Surprisingly, the worst prejudice I ever experienced was in California not in Alabama. I knew a couple in Alabama that blazed the trail in the 70’s for mixed and it was tough at first. She found acceptance with whites first, blacks regard her as a traitor.

    Now as for skirts and dresses, that was my generation, and… if there was any question that it was not of proper length, we were sent to the women’s VP where we were made to get on our knees, to see if our hem touched the floor. If not, a girl could be sent home.

    I think you’re right though, Hate is the new black as it is not limited to race or color anymore. People hate for any excuse they can find,

  2. Here in Canada, in particular Toronto, it’s a mass multicultural melting pot and yet hate crime is on the rise to every race, black, white what have you but of course the media loves to gussy up the fact that it was one race that shot another. What does that have to do with the price of tea? The fact is that one person shot another, regardless of race, colour or creed. You would think that in the modern age we would have a better understanding of the human race and all get along but the internet is a curse and a blessing. It has opened the world to communication globally yet it also gave way to being able to hate someone thousands of miles away and never meet them to find out you might just get along. Makes you wish that we were all blind eh? Films like this both inspire the good and fuel hatred. What is the new hate, what is the new ok, and what IS ok? It’s time that we put away our biases, learn things form people and not how to build bombs or call someone a new derogatory name. But alas I know I speak to the few like yourselves and can only hope that one day we will all be blind enough to just hear the wonders that we have before us before we destroy what little is left. ……. ok, off my soapbox now

    • Thank you for sharing your views and I am right with you. it seems as if facts no longer matter, marketing is the new game.

      • It’s all about ratings and how to get people’s attentions now. I partially blame the advent of technology for this because we are now as whole not the individual but as a whole society we are bored the instant something comes out. We knew about it yesterday, a week ago and now we want more, everything has to be bigger, stronger, faster, raunchier, more More MORE and NOW, not five minutes from now but right NOW like it should have been there five minutes ago and that’s why the media markets things in a way that we watch it and pay attention to it so everything has to be everywhere NOW so we are kept informed. Off on a tangent there but it goes along with your comment about marketing. I hear ya

  3. You may want to check out the HBO documentary “The Loving Story,” which goes into some of the idiocy these folks had to endure as they fell in love (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1759682/). It has obvious resonance with other stories of “forbidden love.” The simple answer to your question about how they met is that they lived in a very small, poor town and virtually everyone knew everyone and a lot of them were related. It’s when the county authorities started meddling that it became an issue. An insane aspect of our past that is still too present!

  4. I’m very keen to see this movie. I think it has the potential to tell an important story from the recent past while also holding up a mirror to our contemporary political context.

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