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November 24, 2017
What a difference those notes at the end can make. For a lot of the film I was thinking - assuming - it was a lot of polished up people-pleasing crap. Turns out it was a lot truer than I imagined. I don't doubt some of the details along the way were manipulated for dramatic purposes but ultimately, and given the historical reality, it's an amazing, inspirational story. 8.2 out of 10.
½ November 11, 2017
Nice job . Acting . And story ...
½ November 5, 2017
Interesting slice of history. Strong and undeniable love conquers all and opens many eyes.
October 31, 2017
An interesting story. We don't often see films where there are so many different angles for the racism to explore.
½ October 21, 2017
"A United Kingdom is an old-fashioned, historical romance that works because of the strong performances by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike"
DVD Movie Review: A United Kingdom
Date Viewed: June 7 2017
Directed By Amma Asante (A Way of Life and Belle)
Written By Guy Hibbert
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Terry Pheto, Vusi Kunene, Jack Davenport, Jack Lowden, Tom Felton, Charlotte Hope, Anton Lesser, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Anastasia Hille, Laura Carmichael and Jessica Oyelowo.

Despite it being too sweet and predictable, "A United Kingdom" is a well-told, true-life love story with two compelling performances from David Oyelowo (who also co-produced) and Rosamund Pike. Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams seemed like the perfect match but they had to break many barriers. Their families, the South African and British governments didn't welcome their proposed marriage so they tried everything in their power to keep them apart.

Based on a true story, "A United Kingdom" takes place in 1947 after WWII where we meet King Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), the heir to the throne of Botswana. He's currently studying law in London but everything changes when he meets a white woman named Ruth Williams (Pike). She's only an office worker but he falls in love with her anyway but they are soon greeted by protests from all angles. Both of their families, the governments of Britain and South Africa and the people of Botswana all shout their outrage and disagreement with the King being in a relationship with a white woman.

With relations between the U.K. and South Africa at a standstill, King Seretse does everything he can to stabilize his region and unite the people of Botswana but it won't be easy. Seretse also discovers that the British have allowed a U.S. mining operation to take place in the region without his consent or knowledge. Eventually the people of Botswana do warm up to Ruth but the British led by representative Alistair Canning (Jack Davenport) decide to exile the King from his own country leaving his pregnant wife behind.

King Seretse's only hope of ever returning to Botswana is to see if Churchill gets elected as U.K. Prime Minister because he promises to lift Seretse's five-year exile if he gets elected. When Churchill does get elected PM, he breaks the King's promise and he ups the ante by simply extending his exile from five years to forever. This news causes outrage from all sides including the people of Botswana and King Seretse even gets support from the American government. Battered and wounded but not willing to give in, King Seretse will not let racial intolerance get in the way of marrying the love of his life.

In addition to fine performances from Oyelowo and Pike, the movie also has rich cinematography by Sam McCurdy and the screenplay by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky) is solidly enchanting. How can you not like David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike? They're terrific performers who have seen their star powers really glow in recent years. Who knew that the patrol officer from "Derailed" and the MI7 behavioral psychologist from "Johnny English Reborn" would become top-notch actors in really great movies such as "Selma" and "Gone Girl".

"A United Kingdom" is an old-fashioned, historical romance that works because of the strong performances by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
½ October 15, 2017
You have to watch this film to understand who Seretse Khama is, and why was he able to run Botswana successfully. Great performance from David Oyelowo.
October 14, 2017
Enjoyable and informative about Botswana.
October 14, 2017
Love conquers all in this romantic drama. (Oyelowo's) character is the heir to be king in his country when he falls for an English girl (Pike) and during the apartheid in Africa both countries will not allow their marriage to go ahead or for them to love together. Stirring true life drama and a feel good movie
½ October 12, 2017
Good acting and cinematography. I was not familiar with the history of Botswana, so this was eye opening. I didn't know that Churchill was such a shit. Great men can really be despicable sometimes.
October 8, 2017
Racial politics, politics & race. Wow. Did these folks take on a load in the era of ironclad apartheid. A story that if it wasn't true wouldn't really be believable. And aren't the old Brits priggish pricks? Not fantastically done, but well done. And a beautiful DC-3 to go with some lovely performances. Worth seeing. | ~ Norm de Guerre
October 8, 2017
Inspiring. Humbling. Deep.
½ September 29, 2017
Amazing movie! Highly recommend!
September 4, 2017
A very good movie on the making of Botswana the country.
September 3, 2017
This was a wonderful film. I thought I had never heard of King Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland before. But that's not true. I remembered him passing away in the early '80's but with a different (and better) title, the founder, first Prime Minister, and first President of Modern Botswana.
September 2, 2017
An absolute joy of a movie, with great performances and filmed with care and style.

A piece of work that all concerned can be proud of.............
August 27, 2017
Delicious film, with all the right manipulative ingredients (even if "organically based on a true story". The Harlequin Romance flavoring, though, makes me drop a star. Oyelowo is King ... again (ref: Selma).
August 19, 2017
A United Kingdom: David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in this biography about the racial controversy London-educated King Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland (modern day Botswana) sparked both at home and abroad when he decided to take a white queen, marrying London office worker Ruth Williams in 1947. While it falls a bit short of its emotionally rousing potential, the portrait of the wildly popular couple's trail-blazing stand for interracial marriage and against apartheid is inspirational. The film also nicely navigates drier political topics like the kingdom's future independence from Britain and securing its mineral rights - which came in very handy when diamonds were discovered there. Oyelowo and Pike, as the couple that would become Botswana's first President and First Lady, are both excellent and the Botswanan scenery is stunning. B+
½ August 14, 2017
A great story with a phenomenal cast.
½ August 3, 2017
great real life story i never knew about
½ August 2, 2017
3.5/5.0 stars - Grade: B-
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