‘United Kingdom’ a ho-hum treatment of an interesting story

“A United Kingdom” tells the true story of the courtship and marriage of an African king and a white British woman in the years following World War II. Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland – later Botswana – was a student in London when he met Ruth Williams. Their subsequent union had reverberations not only in their country, but in Great Britain and South Africa.

Directed by Amma Asante, who made the superb film “Belle” (2013), “A United Kingdom” is a dutiful and earnestly made account of this slice of history. Certain details are glossed over out of convenience and others are emphasized and, to a degree, even fictionalized for the sake of drama, but for the most part the story is rendered faithfully, and it’s an interesting story. In the decades that followed, these people would become enduring political figures. Their eldest son, Ian Khama, is the…

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