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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 10676


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Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams
Tom Felton as Rufus Lancaster
Nicholas Rowe as Fenner Brockway
Jack Davenport as Sir Alistair Canning
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Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 8 / 10

compelling history

In post-war London, Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) falls for law student Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo). She's surprised to be told that he's the heir to the throne of Bechuanaland. It's a poor sparsely populated country in southern Africa. Despite all the forces against them, they decide to get married. Her parents disown her. South Africa and other surrounding countries are imposing Apartheid and oppose their interracial marriage. The British Government first under Labour and then Churchill need South Africa. There is general racism throughout. There is segregation even in Seretse's own country. Government official Sir Alistair Canning (Jack Davenport) and commissioner Rufus Lancaster (Tom Felton) aim to impose British rule over the local population. Seretse is even opposed by his uncle Tshekedi Khama and sister Naledi Khama who sees Ruth as an outsider. The couple puts the idea of love conquers all to the test.

This is a standard bio. I don't know much about this history and it's great to see it on the screen. It's also very fitting in the world today. I am also reminded of the upcoming Royal wedding in one of the scenes. It's easy but it's fitting. The central love story also works because the two actors are so sincere. There is nothing flashy about them or this movie. It's well told and suddenly relevant in the modern world.

Reviewed by barbimillg 9 / 10

Wonderful story of love

I never knew about this story, and enjoyed this movie immensely. Anyone that gives this a bad review did not watch the same movie that I did. It's a heartwarming story of love, devotion and racism in a turbulent time in the world. We owe much to the historical people of the past.

Reviewed by bob-the-movie-man 10 / 10

In To Africa.

Directed by Amma Asante ("Belle") this is the true tale of a real-life fairy story, featuring a handsome prince and his love, who can never be his princess thanks to the Machiavellian scheming of court-do-gooders and bureaucrats. 

The prince in this case is Seretse Kham (David Oyelowo, "Selma") , heir to the throne of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), who meets and falls in love with a lowly white Lloyd's of London clerk Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl", "The World's End"). The plot has many parallels with that of another film from earlier this year:  "Loving" with Ruth Negga and Joel Egerton. As an inter-racial couple in 1947 this is taboo enough, but the fact that Kham is soon to be king in a country bordering the apartheid tinder-keg that is South Africa blows the affair up to be a diplomatic crisis.

Defying the officials he marries his true love, driving a wedge between both his own uncle (Vusi Kunene ) and sister (Terry Pheto) and making Ruth an outcast in both countries. As things turn from bad to worse, can true love conquer all their adversities?

Just everything about this film delights. Oyelowo and Pike - always a safe pair of hands - add real emotional depth to their roles. Their relationship feels natural and loving without either of them trying too hard. The estrangement of Ruth from her parents (particularly her father played by Nicholas Lyndhurst) is truly touching. 

Another star turn is Harry Potter alumni Tom Felton, playing Rufus Lancaster - a weaselly and very unpleasant local official. I have a prediction.... that in 30 year's time, the young Potter actor that will be the 'Ian McKellen of his day' (that is, a world recognized great actor... not necessarily gay!) will be Felton.  

Sam McCurdy ("The Descent") delivers cinematography of Africa that is vibrant (to be fair, for anyone lucky enough to visit Africa will know, cameras just love the place) and the John Barry-esque music by Patrick Doyle ("Murder on the Orient Express") is pitch perfect for the mood.

A beautifully crafted film that older viewers will just love. 

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