"A United Kingdom" Thrives On David Oyelowo's Talent
The description read like a movie where you know all what happens before the movie begins. Like how Jimmy Kimmel calls We Bought a Zoo the worst title for a film ever because it gives away everything.
A United Kingdom is:
"The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil."
The gerbil wheel in my head started going forward. The gerbil ran. A thought process memo was spit out by the machine nearby. My brain read the receipt. "I know this movie. This could be a Lifetime movie. Probably sappy acting and, ugh, no, why must we watch everything in the name of reviewing movies? Sleep this one out."
I tuned in. HBO. Late at night. I'd eaten popcorn earlier that day. Popcorn is a source of ultimate happiness for me. I feel sexy when I eat popcorn, French fries, junk food. Overdone, you cannot eat junk food and feel sexy. You need the salt to reach into your nervous system and make you Hello Kitty positive off it. The natural salt high comes when you don't eat these foods regularly.
The popcorn I ate early in the day as "lunch" told me to watch this movie.
I'm glad I did.
The acting in this thing is seriously good. Some scenes play out like BBC versus Lifetime. The acting is good enough, you forget about it. Take notice of this Golden Globe nominated actor, David Oyelowo.
When I refer to the acting, I mean, primarily, him. He carries the film. Mr. Oyelowo isn't the one hit nomination wonder from Selma. He makes you believe in his work as an actor because you are not watching the story unfold. This is someone's life. The wrong actor would've made A United Kingdom go off into parody.
What makes one get nominated for a Golden Globe? What if someone is so good in a movie like this? Should we ignore their acting talent? Mr. Oyelowo gave an Oscar/Golden Globe/big awards season performance in a largely ignored movie release. Where do we draw the line? Should someone be nominated for an award with bad acting because he or she starred in an otherwise amazing movie?
You think about that stuff after watching this movie. I would advise everyone to watch it for the acting and throw the rest to the wind. The true love story deserved a movie a lot deeper we didn't get into.
When you're done, do the right thing: pick up a book or read online about the real couple behind this film's tale. Reading is good for your brain!