Movie Review: A United Kingdom

Everyday I become increasingly aware of the gaps in my education. However, while watching A United Kingdom I was hyper aware of those gaps. There I was sitting in a movie theater watching a film based on the true story of a couple who essentially changed the course of an entire country and I’d never even heard their names.

A United Kingdom Review

A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland, and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948. Their relationship faced fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world. via Fox Searchlight

A United Kingdom Movie Review

In addition to the incredible history lesson, A United Kingdom, offers viewers a beautiful journey into the past. Every detail of the time seemed so precise and planned with care. I was especially impressed with the cinematography and how the filmmakers juxtaposed the rather gray tones of London to the bright warm hues of Bechuanaland. However, for me, what really gave the film it’s heart was the acting.

This is probably a good time to mention that I’m slightly biased towards the acting in this film. I have yet to see a film starring either Rosamund Pike or David Oyelowo that I didn’t love. They are both outstanding actors and they were additionally elevated by a strong supporting cast. A United Kingdom is a love story that faces extreme obstacles, but ultimately at the heart of the film are these two people who fell in love. It is the subtle yet powerful performances of Pike and Oyelowo that fully bring the story to life.

Reason to See:

Every reason. This is truly a solid film with every element coming together to tell an incredible true story.

Reason to Skip:

My one complaint about the film is the sometimes slow pacing that is typical of biopics. If you have seen a biopic and felt that it dragged, you may feel that way about this film as well

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Tipsy Recommendation:

Pour a sidecar because this one will take you back in time.


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2 Responses to “Movie Review: A United Kingdom

  • lovely munez
    6 months ago

    hi michelle, i would like to know if this movie shows discrimination, and if yes where?

    • Hi! I am so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The whole film is about the discrimination and prejudice the couple faced through out their life together so I really can’t pinpoint a single moment. I hope that kind of answers your question. Thanks!

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