By focusing more on the story, the film survived from the pretentiousness of the usual 'Love Will Prevail All' cliches. However, by doing this, the film also lost the emotion of the story itself, making characters on the story to only be fillers, almost historical facts. There were some moments where the film turned ambiguous, making us questioning the decision of the heroes, but I don't really think it was intended.
The political controversy that led to the emancipation of Botswana. The pacing is honestly just too fast for me to have any sort of real connection to the main characters, despite feeling for their struggle to be together, vehicled by strong performances by both Oyelowo and Pike. Nonetheless, a crowd pleaser.
A missing story well told about Seretse Khama (David Oyewolo) who created such a stir when he married a white woman from London (Rosamund Pike). She supported him in his fight for returning to lead this small nation as they struggled against the oppression of British colonial rule. After exile he was finally allowed to return to Gaborone to lead his people to independence. It is a beautiful film from Amma Asante.
A profound true story rebuking British Imperialist colonial rule and the attitude that interracial marriage is even remotely controversial. Like Apted's 'Amazing Grace', Asante has opted for continuity and method, to emphasise the narrative to evoke genuine empathy for the protagonists. It works. Now, please could someone give Oyelowo an Oscar nomination for an authentic performance alongside Day-Lewis in his prime?