Now showing at Des Moines' Varsity Theatre is the well crafted historical drama LOVING, which already is being touted as a contender when Hollywood's award season approaches.
From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, LOVING celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga).
They married, were imprisoned and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.
What makes this film is the brilliant and sensitive performances by Edgerton and Negga. They breathe life into their characters and embody their roles exceptionally well. Edgerton is terrific as a man who can't understand why society is so opposed to his happiness. Negga is outstanding as Mildred, whose soft-spoken demeanor belies an inner strength that allows her to take on the biggest challenge of her life.
Director Nichols brings nuance and patience to this tragic but painfully real story. LOVING is an emotional powerhouse that leaves audiences drained and exultant, and critics are calling this movie one of the best this year.