A United Kingdom - 3 Stars
Lacklustre film has potential and again showcases David Oyelowo’s incredible star-power.
Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.
The first half the film suffers from Short Scene Syndrome. The story moves too fast and the really short scenes don’t allow room for any character or scene development. The result being when we get to the emotional crux of the film we don’t sympathise or relate to these characters. The film lacks any real direction, though it certainly improves as the story progresses.
David Oyelowo is incredible and almost Shakespearian in his portrayal. Rosamund Pike is good, but shares no chemistry with Oyelowo. Jack Davenport is a very 2D actor and this role is identical to every other role he’s played. The remainder of the supporting cast are strong.
Overall this Oscar bait isn’t worthy of any awards and it doesn’t do a good job of telling this fascinating story, however it isn’t terrible.
A United Kingdom is released in cinemas Boxing Day.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Transmission Films