Fast Five Review: Queen of Katwe (2016)

Queen of Katwe
2016 | PG | Biography, Drama

Life isn’t easy for Phiona Mutesi. She lives in Katwe, one of Uganda’s largest slums; selling corn on the street to support her family. When charismatic teacher, Robert Katende, introduces her to chess, Phiona discovers a natural affinity for the game. Before too long, she’s Katwe’s best player, her skill outstripping that of even her teacher. But how does she balance her newfound passion with her family’s needs? In chess, even a pawn can be transformed into a powerful queen. It’s just a matter of not giving up.

1) Did you like it?

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Queen of Katwe, but I found myself really enjoying this film.

2) Why?

Queen of Katwe boasts a diverse cast, overflowing with talent. The film stars Ugandan dancer, Madina Natwanga in her first acting role, as well as Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, who is stunning as Phiona’s mother, Harriet. Together, they make a great team! In fact, the whole cast look like they’re having the time of their lives!

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

…you’re in dire need of feel-good fun. Okay – Queen of Katwe isn’t all fun. And it’s not all triumph. Phiona experiences defeat, injustice and self-doubt. But through the bad times, she remains determined. There’s no way you can watch Queen of Katwe and not feel inspired. Kids will love it. So will their parents. Oh, and did I mention Queen of Katwe is based on a true story? Keep watching during the credits for a fun scene with the cast and their real-life counterparts.

4) This movie made me think about…

…how incredibly bad I am at chess. Seriously, I’m the worst. More seriously though, it made me wonder how many people have talents they’ve never had the chance to discover?

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