I let Richard and Mildred be happily married to

I noticed that the judge seemed to be a
pettifogging kind of character. He believed that a long suspended prison
sentence was an act of leniency and that he was being nicer than the couple
deserved. The defense lawyer also seemed to think the same. It is horrible to
see that the racist attitudes ingrained in majority of the people in the
county, did not let Richard and Mildred be happily married to each other.

Most movies that take place during the
Civil Rights-era are confrontational. Marches take place, protests, police
brutality, inspiring speeches, and drama. Jeff Nichols’ movie Loving approaches the topic from a
different angle. What I like most about the movie is that it is carefully
crafted. Meaning, there are not many speechifying moments. In fact, neither
Richard or Mildred say much to each other at all throughout the film, it is all
depicted more so through movement and emotions. He is a hardworking bricklayer
and always seems to have a frown on his face, but it is still shown on his face
how devoted he is to his wife. She, on the other hand, is a shy woman who truly
cares and has loyalty to both her children and husband. Just like Richard, she
is resilient. Both are constantly told by close family members that they would
be better off if they were to not see each other, but they choose to ignore
this.

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The white people in the county do not
like the couple’s outward love at all. Nichols does not showcase this with big
dramatic scenes, but one can still tell the hatred in the white folk’s
demeanors and expressions on their faces when they see the couple in public. There
are a few films that I have watched that truly speak to the American Civil
Rights history as touching and with much idealism – as Jeff Nichols’s Loving. The America that the Lovings
were living in was much different than the one we are living in now. The film’s
footage is charming, in a way some things in the past used to be. But most of
the allure takes place in the simplest footage between Richard and Mildred
Loving.