Drama / Biography
Runtime: 111 min
Czech Republic / UK / USA
Directed by Amma Asante (Belle)
Starring:David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike
Synopsis: A United Kingdom tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of 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.
Director Amma Asante is carving a niche for herself, making gorgeous-looking cinema from untold histories. Her best asset here is Oyelowo. -Globe and Mail
Oyelowo and Pike have solid chemistry together. Oyelowo gets the big, speechifying, showcase moments — but Pike shines in quieter scenes. -Richard Roeper