Movie Pick of the Week

Last evening my spouse and I saw a fabulous movie based on a true story. United Kingdom was a perfectly crafted and beautifully acted film about apartheid in the country that is now Botswana. “In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana.” Rotten Tomatoes

Strangely, Rotten Tomatoes only gave it an 84% while the audience gave it an 81%.  I say strangely because the audience is usually higher. My hubby and both agreed that on our scale of 1-10 it was a solid 9! Excellent film that I heartily encourage you to see.

November 25, 2016

I highly recommend Allied starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.  It was a must see for me as I write stories that occur during World War II specifically for this film 1942.  This one takes a different turn in that  “an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. two spies, fall in love, and one of them must make a life-altering decision.”   No spoilers from me.  It is beautifully photographed although I learned from reading another review that much of the film was shot on studio lots.  Couldn’t have known from the realism of the sets.  Costumes were accurate for the time period and I cannot fail to mention the artful direction of Robert Zemeckis of Forest Gump fame.  I will want to buy this one for my DVD collection – it is one of those that I will watch over and over.