Based on a true story set in 1947, 'A United Kingdom' tells the love story between Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), King of Botswana, and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). Meeting and falling in love in London at the end of his University career, Seretse marries Ruth, and the both plan to make Botswana their home.
But with the Apartheid movement growing strong in South Africa, both their families opposing the marriage and a pressure from the British government, all forces seem to pull them apart.
Set in London and Botswana, the colour palette of both places: the coolness of drizzly London, contrasting with the brilliant warmth of Botswana, adds to the cinematography, expressing the interracial themes, especially during the times they are apart.
At the heart of the film is simply a love story, and because of circumstance, culture and political ideology at the time, was twisted into many other things- which the film attempts to address by presenting these as the various obstacles and challenges that face the newlyweds.
The film is well paced, though at times there is a lull, though not synchronised with points of light humour dotted throughout. Emotionally, the film is the richest at the beginning and the end, but is undeveloped during the middle when they are deeply separated. Nonetheless, the film manages to recapture your lost attention and brings it to a triumphant end.
Rosamund Pike- Ruth Williams
David Oyelowo- Seretse Khama
Also stars Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Jessica Oyelowo.
'A United Kingdom' is a strong dramatic film based on a true love story. Though a tad long with a bit of a lull at times, it is nonetheless a poignant love story which happened not too long ago!
With great performances from Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, and well supported, the characters are believable and manage to carry the heavy themes right till the end.
Whilst it may not quite hit the mark for the Academy Awards, it will surely grab the attention come the BAFTAS.