Loving ★★★★

Jeff Nichols tells the story of the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia that declared laws against interracial marriage unconstitutional by focusing unwaveringly on Richard and Mildred Loving, the white man and black woman who got married and changed history. For such an incendiary topic, Nichols takes an incredibly understated approach; hardly anyone so much as raises their voice in this movie. Instead we watch Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga give quiet, restrained performances full of warmth and humanity while the lawyers do their work offscreen. It's a biopic that eschews conventions, and as such, it will be dissatisfying to those who expect the expected, but there's something beautiful about the way Nichols lets everything linger and creates moments out of what's unsaid.