A United Kingdom

Posted on March 3, 2017


A United Kingdom – In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) is in London to complete his education in order to lead the people of Bechuanaland, South Africa (now Botswana) when he meets Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). With jazz in the background, they dance their way in love.
Her family and the British government are strongly against their marriage and when they arrive in South Africa, they find even more opposition from his uncle (Vusi Kunene), who happens to be the king, and the people there. Neither side is fond of mixing races.
Based on a true story, Seretse is exiled for five years, then Churchill ups it to a lifetime. A lot of politics going on here. There’s a matter of mineral rights and diamonds that rears its ugly head.
Oyelowo is perfectly suited for this role – there’s something about a sharp-dressed man. Beautiful country scenery. Favorite quote: When a man lies, he loses his dignity. Loved the ending – a smattering of applause from the audience.