Review: A United Kingdom

**** 4 stars. A “must see” historical drama about interracial marriage.

A United Kingdom tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office clerk who fought the British government for the right to marry. This film is a poignant tale which focuses on a fragment of history and the issue of racial discrimination.

David Oyelowo (Seretse) and Rosamund Pike (Ruth) provided engaging performances in their respective roles. Jack Davenport is an excellent antagonist as the cunning government representative Alistair Canning. Perhaps I’ve watched too many Harry Potter films but Tom Felton looked out of place as Rufus Lancaster.

The production elements of the film are superb. When the visual and aural elements combine it makes for compelling viewing. The only issue is that it left me wanting more.

It’s definitely worth your time to watch this one.

Scoring Guide

  • Story – 8/10
    (Plot, Character & Themes)
  • Acting – 9/10
    (Acting performances)
  • Cinematography – 10/10
    (Visual imagery & animation)
  • Production Design – 10/10
    (Costumes, Props, Makeup, etc.)
  • Sound Design – 10/10
    (Dialogue, Sound Effects & Music)
  • Editing – 9/10
    (Emotion, Story & Rhythm)
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