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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Report Card---"Loving"

I had an odd reaction to "Loving".
It is an interesting well-told story about the Supreme Court case that led to the legalization of interracial marriage in Virginia in the early 1960s where it was outlawed.
This was something I wasn't aware of, so it was an eye-opener.
The problem I had was that the actors seemed more disinterested in their problem than I was.
There was a sense of detachment that seemed inappropriate, and hurt the film immeasurably.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?

Not quite.  It should have been.

Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?

There was a problem somewhere.  It might have been the casting.

Well shot?

Well enough

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?


How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

Immediately.  And, of course, I loved the cars.

Is it too long? Too short?

A tad long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes. But I'd like to have cared more.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Never predictable.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about my prior lack of knowledge of the case.

Is it funny?

Not at all.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?


Is it impressive?

Yes, but a little too dry.

Overall grade: B.

Just should have been more of a grabber.  It certainly had that potential.

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  3. Had high expectations for this film and was oddly disappointed. Didn't achieve what it could have.



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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."