This has to be one of the stranger paced movies I've seen in recent memory. The movie just assumes you understand that the main characters really love each other after a couple dates and then a couple scenes later we're talking marriage and a couple scenes later we're in Africa. It feels really messy at the beginning and it got so bad that I highly considered shutting it off. But I stayed strong and to the film's credit it does come around to some degree. But the acting is pretty rough and I think it's because their lines were so blah. Although this film is showing something really heroic, I think it needed to be approached from an entirely different angle. The chemistry is basic between the characters and I just saw so much untapped potential in this entire film. I love the fact that this is Botswana's story, but there's not much more to say in terms of great qualities.
A United Kingdom
A United Kingdom
Rushed Storytelling Without Much Bang
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
DVD or Streaming >27in
The two leads do an amazing job when they give monologues, but that's about it. Their limited script really hurt them from giving a great performance, and the way it rushes through the first quarter of the movie doesn't help us "love" the characters as much as the movies assumes we will.
The movie is a great showing of fighting for love (even when you can sense it's scripted-ness), and I really appreciated that about the film.
The music is like old-timey - it's weird. I felt like I was listening to a 1980's remake a couple times.
The pacing is so bad that it was hard for me to really enjoy it. I love the fact that this story was made, because it's important, but it was told the wrong way. When it was good it was just good, and when it was bad it was awful.
I'm pretty sure this was shot on an anamorphic lens, which I assume they did to add some extra feels to the movie. Unfortunately it didn't usually work for me and felt somewhat out of place.
I really wanted to like this movie, but it just didn't come through. The "evil" characters that were the British government were so ridiculous. The movie does come around thanks to the fact that it's a true story and we see the real photographs.