A United Kingdom
A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), heir to the throne of Bechuanaland (a British protectorate, now modern-day Botswana), and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), the London office worker he married in the 1940s in spite of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Asante, in collaboration with the screenwriter Guy Hibbert, has managed to recover once again a long-forgotten chapter of Britain’s history – one of political intrigue, “subversive” racism and colonialism – one in which love crosses all boundaries and taboos.
“Bolstered by real events and true emotion, A United Kingdom opts for genuine, hard-won feeling, and the film studiously backs off from cheesy moments or over-the-top revelations.”
“Maybe any biopic risks naïveté in suggesting the agony of postwar Africa can be soothed by a love story about a handsome prince. But this movie has candour, heartfelt self-belief, and an unfashionable conviction that love conquers all – though not immediately.”
“The chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike results in a beguiling performance with compelling and light-hearted moments played with sincerity and a light elegance.”
It glides romantically along on the surface while political turmoil boils away underneath. Its plea for tolerance isn’t subtle, but it’s a story that deserves to be told.
Well-acted, solidly crafted, and all-around worthy, A United Kingdom presents an absorbing look at a singular true-life love story.
Critics 67% Audience 67%
Critics positive review 77% Audience liked it 93%
Stockbridge Audience: 94.4%
Total no. of votes 107:
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