Another aspect worth mentioning about theway the movie was shot, is the symbolism showcased through the recurring motifof bricklaying. This represents the Lovings half-built future because they havebeen declined from their foundations as a married couple; a sequence thatrapidly builds up due to the Jim Crow laws that still persist in Virginia atthe time. Although there are a few twists and turns throughout the film, it isprimarily a straightforward drama – something I truly appreciate, though thismight not be some people’s cup of tea since there is not much flashiness. Oneof my favorite things about this movie is that it feels urgent and very currentto today’s society.
There is truth in Richard and Mildred Loving’s story. Thereis something about these two who simply wanted to start a family that istimeless and always will be. I am glad I decided to watch thismovie. Seeing that the Lovings were not political people, their desire to beable to go back home as a family and visit their relatives placed them in themiddle of a historical movement in America. Growing up, I learned much aboutthe Civil Rights Movement – the segregation of public schools andtransportation systems, the way thousands of blacks and white Americansgathered in our nation’s capital to push for change, but never have I comeacross the issue of interracial marriage and the problems our country facedwith this. After taking this course, I cannot help but think of this movie’sissues in a basic human rights way.
Growing up, I learned the details ofour government’s power and individual rights. However, it seems like throughoutmy education this topic was most stressed upon the issues of basic human andpolitical rights – women’s rights, the right to vote, the right to expressfreedom of speech and religion, etc.… I never really took into considerationthe rights of marriage but this movie made me think twice, especially in termsof what our Constitution has to say about interracial marriage.