Director Amma Asante astounded me with “Belle” (2014) and hence, it was safe to conclude the expectations were raised high prior to the screening of her latest film “A United Kingdom”. (The Milwaukee Landmark Cinemas were playing the Oscar nominees, so I apologize for not immediately reviewing this motion picture.)
Based on the biography “Color Bar” by Susan Williams, Prince Seretse Khama (the brilliant David Oyelowo) marries the British white woman Ruth Williams (the understated yet exquisite Rosamund Pike) during the 1940s. However, the couple causes the international dispute.
Despite the utterly delightful performances, “A United Kingdom” provides the safe and conventional biopic. The several scenes attempt to be groundbreaking – but failed every single time. Whereas “Loving” (another interracial marriage tale of Mildred and Richard Loving) delivered urgency, “A United Kingdom” is rather detached. Love is vital, regardless of the circumstances. C+
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