THE FIRST “MUST SEE” OF THE YEAR

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Since the first of the year, I have seen some really awful movies. I see at least two or three movies every week so I have seen a lot of stinkers since the first of the year. When I run into friends, they ask me, “What good movies have you seen lately?” Sadly, I said “none”. Unfortunately, few good movies are released in January and February because the Academy of Arts and Science members have short memories and are more likely to nominate movies released in late summer or fall for awards. But finally, I saw an excellent movie last night. The movie is called “A United Kingdom” and is based on a true story.

Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.

“A United Kingdom” stars David Oyelowo. He was phenomenal as Seretse Khama. You may recognize Oyelowo from “Selma” and “Queen of Katwe.” Rosamund Pike turns in a sterling performance as Khama’s wife Ruth Williams. Jack Davenport is Alistair Canning. Tom Felton of the Harry Potter series is Rufus Lancaster. Terry Pheto plays Khama’s sister Naledi Khama. Laura Carmichael who played Edith on “Downton Abbey” is Muriel Williams. Jessica Oyelowo, David Oyelowo’s real life wife, is Lady Lilly Canning. Each and every actor in this film was amazing.

Amma Asante directed. She is known for directing “Belle” and “A Way of Life.” Asante brought out the best in her actors. I am anxious to see more movies by this Director.

Written by Guy Hibbert, “A United Kingdom’s” script tells an astonishing true love story.

I was not the only one who enjoyed this movie, the audience really got into it. People all around me were talking back to the screen and moaning when the protagonists were in peril or laughing when something funny happened. At the end of the film, it received a warm round of applause from the audience.

As we left the theater, I overheard many people talking about how much they enjoyed the film. I hope next year at about this time we see “A United Kingdom” up for an Academy Award and the actors and actresses up for Oscar’s too.

The cinematography of the African country side was marvelous.

“A United Kingdom:” opens Friday. Unfortunately, you will have to drive to St. Louis to see this wonderful film but it is worth the time and gasoline to go to St. Louis to see this.

 

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