Queen of Katwe

2016

Action / Biography / Drama / Sport

67
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 87%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 11378

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Lupita Nyong'o as Nakku Harriet
David Oyelowo as Robert Katende
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Reviewed by Clifton Johnson 7 / 10

This Disney-fied underdog story hits all the right notes

The Disney-fied underdog "based on a true story" movie is certainly not new or original, but this movie nails it. The cast is stellar. The Ugandan setting is authentic. The emotion is just right. My kids were totally into it. And honestly? So was I.

Reviewed by Reno Rangan 8 / 10

A life changing game.

I am not a big fan of Mira Nair. But I like some of her films, particularly 'Amelia'. Because she usually prefers India and Indian subjects and cast as what she's. Outside that circle, she was not that successful, until now. It was a sport film, that revolved around chess game. Inspired by an incredible true story from the dark continent. It all happened less than ten years ago. Disney and ESPN together produced it. So when these two productions come together, you would know what to expect.

Seeing the opening few minutes, it reminded me the recent New Zealand film 'The Dark Horse'. Kind of a similar film, but I was not that impressed with that. But this one was awesome. Simply a miracle. Like any fairy-tale from the Disney. She was not a princess, but in a way she turns to be one. Years ago when I reviewed 'Searching for Bobby Fischer', I said that was the film should be shown in the schools. Now add this title as well to the list.

The opening was the ending. Then followed the flashback, which went to the 4 years ago. Living in a slum of Katwe, a single mother raising her children, but not without their contribution to the family. Now the focus shifts to one of the family members, Phiona. Curiosity on her brother who disappears every day after sold out his goods leads her to a new path. That's when she discovers a game she had never heard of before. After learning the basics, she quickly picks up the rest of the game on her own and becomes a prodigy.

❝Losing teaches me how to play better.❞

This is like most of the true stories you have seen, but that's the truth as well in here. What might come later could impress you. Because it was not like she has a superpower, so she can clear her life path just like that. Honestly, the real test begins now for her, how she uses her gift. But it was her coach who understood the situation, and tried his best to push her further with the big tournaments, in the national and the international level. Not just her, there has been a team behind her. So the remaining is to reveal how far she would go, as well as the story of her struggling family.

They have got the cast perfectly. Everyone was brilliant. David Oyelowo was amazing, surely one of my favourite British actors for now. This is the second consecutive time he's making a such impression. Not long ago with 'A United Kingdom'. Definitely the Oscars is just a corner. And then Lupita Nyong'o, she was not the centre of the story, but had enough part and she excelled every bit of it. The rest of the actors, including the one who played Phiona was amazing. At the end credit, both the cinematic and the real life characters appeared. I felt that was a result of excitement, but liked it.

The sad part was why such films were ignored at the big stages! This is a must see film, especially if you have a kid(s) in the home, show it to them. Being the parents, uncle and aunt, that's one of the best thing you would do for them. Because no one knows when and where kids gets their confidence boost, inspiration or discovering a new path. You can't compare films with real life, even it was a biopic. But still the true story always remains a true story, even after they're compressed to 120 minutes. Particularly the Disney film gets rid of harsh parts, making a family friendly film. So watch it for a change, you have no other reasons, you could be impressed!

8/10

Reviewed by krocheav 9 / 10

Queen of Katwe - Heading Up There with 'Chariots'

Unexpectedly strong material here. This could be the "Chariots of Fire" for the Chess Olympics! - in some ways, it may even be more powerful as its subjects are not the privileged world players but the underdogs who have to fight to etch out a living & a place in the world from devastating poverty. With superb performances from all concerned, great direction by Mira Nair (who earlier turned down a superficial Harry Potter entry to work on 'The Namesake'), marvelous cinematography by American born British D.O.P Sean Bobbitt ('kill the Messenger' '14) captures all the color and emotional power of life amid the grunge in the slums of Uganda.

Based on the factual bio of Phiona Mutesi by writer Tim Crothers - it follows her struggles to forge a better life as an international chess champion. The fine screenplay adaptation by William Wheeler maintains a strong measure of the facts, with the featured tournaments gruelingly involving, even exhausting. Her mentor coach Robert Katende, a dedicated missionary with the Pioneers program is marvelously played by David Oyelowo ('Selma' '14). The performance by Lupita Nyongo as Phiona's dedicated and morally committed mother --caught in extreme situations-- is nothing short of inspirational. Music by British born Alex Heffes tops this with a crowning glory. Nothing superficial within this winner. A strong candidate for discerning audiences of most any age group.

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