The Lovings were simple people who never expected to do anything flashy enough to be dramatized on a movie screen.
In recounting the history, writer-director Jeff Nichols takes an approach that makes "Loving" a little more interesting than you might expect, but also slightly less satisfying.
At the start of the film, Mildred (Ruth Negga) is a very young black woman, who knows nothing outside her family and her small rural community, and Richard (Joel Edgerton) is monosyllabic, white and wary.
Five weeks later, back home in Virginia, the door to their bedroom is kicked open in the middle of the night, and the police shine their flashlights on them.
The atmosphere of "Loving," the feeling it evokes, is the film's most distinct quality.
[...] characters are not the usual stuff of drama, and we end up partly missing the familiar dramatic elements, of people working consciously and diligently toward a specific, worthy goal.