Sunday, February 19, 2017

A United Kingdom

Director Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom is a wonderful film on the virtues of persistence and acceptance based on the true-life story of Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), heir to the throne of what later became Botswana.

Studying in England in 1947 as preparation for taking over his kingship, the Prince fell in love with and married Londoner Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman. 
This caused a rift between Khama and the country’s Regent (Vusi Kunene), plus the ire of the British government, who, together, tried to break up the marriage by banishing the Prince.

Writer Guy Hibbert’s script is compelling and Director Asante moves the action along at a brisk pace. 

 Pike and Oyelowo are superbly cast and play their roles admirably, as does Jack Davenport, who portrays the snide British official in charge of the Protectorate.   

A United Kingdom is well worth your viewing.  I give it a 4.2 out of 5.

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