With Loving, talented director Jeff Nichols has made a superior film about an important story
You need more than good intentions to make a good film, and this holds especially true for movies based on real occurrences. Too often they can become history lessons, or empty celebrations, or excuses for the director to hammer home a right-on message that's already familiar to us.
But if anyone can make a compelling, cheese-less true-story film, it's Jeff Nichols. The American writer-director has trod the thin line between mainstream populism and arty auteurism since his debut Shotgun Stories (2007). As with that film, and his acclaimed film Mud (2012), Loving is set in the Southern states of America (Nichols himself if from Arkansas), so expect it to have a tang of deep-fried authenticity.
Telling the story of Mildred and Richard Loving (Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton), an interracial couple whose marriage changed the miscegenation laws in the state of Virginia, expect an unusual take on the 'feel-good weepie'.
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
03 Feb 2017 – 03 Apr 2017, Times vary
|Price||£determined by cinema|