A United Kingdom Reviews
Rating: PG-13, 111 minutes
In a Nutshell: Based on a true story, this lovely film illustrates how love and reason can change a crazy world. Bula!
If you'd like to know more about the real people in this story, you can read Colour Bar: A United Kingdom by Susan Williams.
Duty, honor, sacrifice, patience, tolerance, patriotism
"We should not be fighting for segregation. We should be fighting for equality." - Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo)
"Africa can never be free until all those who live in her, white and black, recognize that race must have no bearing on equality and justice." - Seretse Khama
"Opposition is one thing, Mr. Khama; the realities of government are quite another." - Alistair Canning (Jack Davenport)
"You have to be strong. You have a voice. Use it." - Naledi (Terry Pheto)
"No man is free who is not master of himself." - Seretse
"It is time!" - Seretse
Things I liked:
I had never even heard of Bechuanland. Have you? In 1966, it achieved independence and is now known as the Republic of Botswana. I'm always happy to learn new things in movies.
I love seeing a proper marriage proposal when the man gets on one knee. Well done, Seretse. Nelson Mandela described the marriage between Seretse and Ruth as "a shining beacon of light and inspiration." Wouldn't that be amazing to have someone describe your marriage and legacy like that?
David Oyelowo is absolutely fantastic in this. How about an Oscar for him? I also loved him in Selma. Great movie.
Rosamund Pike is great in this also. She was crazy good in Gone Girl too, crazy being the key word in that sentence. Her subtle expressions say so much.
Director Amma Asante has a bright future.
The scene where the women sing a song to Ruth was so touching.
I thought it was funny when Ruth's parents said, "Mind yourself!" and "Come back a missionary!" when she left the house.
Things I didn't like:
∑ There are some very ugly racial slurs and prejudiced behavior.
∑ I've never understood parents who refuse to see their children again if they do something they don't like.
∑ A lot of the Extras are terrible actors. Then again, they're natives who aren't actors.
It's good to see Malfoy (Tom Felton) cast in another movie. Unfortunately, he plays an equally cruel, weaselly snake in this film too.
"He scares me a bit...the way he makes me feel." - Ruth
"I know I will never achieve anything there if I leave my heart here." - Seretse
"We'll take it moment by moment...together." - Ruth
"They're trying to define us, based on their rules, their idea of the world how they see it." - Seretse
"Let's not allow the ugliness of this world take away the joy from us." - Seretse
"Let him go. We need him more than you." - Naledi
"We've misjudged this, haven't we?"- Ruth
"When a man tells a lie, he loses his dignity." - Seretse
"Did I ever tell you I didn't marry you just for your good looks?" - Seretse
"Liar." - Ruth (as she pulls up her skirt to reveal her beautiful legs.)
Tips for parents:
Some violence, bullying, and racism.
Talk to your children about apartheid and segregation.
There is some skin shown during a honeymoon moment.
Young children will be bored, but Tweens will be interested in the love story and historical telling.
The love story, interestingly enough, is not the centerpiece of the movie - the politics of the time is. The love story is good and it is Oyelowo who make you feel the connection of the two most strongly; the scene between the two of them while he has been exiled in England is heartbreaking.
All in all a very well-done movie I think most people would enjoy.
it's the historical accuracy of one of the earliest instances of interracial marriage
this took place back in 1947 where it was uncommon for a white person to marry a black person; in this case Ruth Williams from the UK marries a South African chief Seretse Khama and it is met with such disdain from both nations
his power is threatened as well as their union considering all Africa has ever known about whites is their colonialism
but for Khama he loves his nation as much as his wife, race should have no bearing whatsoever on his happiness and he wants equality and peace for all
the performances by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike are brilliant, I was on the verge of tears twice in this whole thing because they both face such odds to stay together
the lengths the government goes to to keep them apart are overbearing
like 'Loving' this film shows us how far we still have to go gain the acceptance of others when it comes to interracial matrimony and political racist thinking
it was relevant back then and still applies to this day and age
one of the best films this year so far