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‘A United Kingdom’ Review: An Unforgettable Love Story That Conquers Racial Politics

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In a time where racism still affects citizens living in the United States, this movie came at the right time to be in theaters this month. “A United Kingdom,” written by Guy Hibbert and directed by Amma Assante, shows an unforgettable true story that shows how powerful love is in conquering racial politics.


Despite the movie being under the red carpet for too long, it’s finally on the big screen and didn’t disappoint. The movie is about King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, falling in love and causing an international uproar when they got married in the late 1940s (long before Martin Luther King’s speech on equality). When they were in South Africa, everyone looked at them differently, which caused concerns on the decision that altered African history.


While the focal point of the movie is focused around these two marvelous individuals, the supporting cast made it special. Jack Davenport playing the fictional character Sir Alistair Canning definitely made me mad in scenes where he literally would make Khama’s life a living hell. Davenport is a good actor who really plays bad guys well, and does it no different in this movie. Whether it’s him or Tom Felton as Rufus Lancaster, their roles made this movie more watchable because the love between Khama and Williams grew stronger. Heck even Khama’s cousin was annoyed, but eventually got to his sense when he was needed the most.


There were other scenes such as their interaction with African people looking at them differently and the separation they endure for a short while (spoiler alert). Combining all these key moments with a stellar soundtrack and great shots taken from cameras, it completely delivers an excellent flow of the movie. The director did a nice job knowing that it’s much more than politics. It’s about these two lovers that proved to make an impact on Africa and London, showing them the importance of having blacks and whites together than separated.


The movie is available to watch in New York and Los Angeles theaters. It’s also set to be released in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, D.C. and more this Friday. Check out the trailer below and remember to watch this movie as a story that was long overdue to appear on the big screen.


8.5 out of 10


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