Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Mira Nair (2016)

119min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Like a feel-good Disney classic set in a gritty Uganda slum, this brilliantly uplifting tale is something of a one-off. The action is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi (newcomer Madina Nalwanga), a poor girl from Kampala's Katwe slum who discovers she has an aptitude for chess, one that her coach (David Oyelowo) believes could take her away from her hand-to-mouth existence. Her mother (Lupita Nyong'o), however, has doubts about the plan. Anchored by terrific performances by Oyelowo and Nyong'o and a killer real-life rags-to-riches story (the real Mutesi later became a chess champion), the end result is a more nuanced and positive depiction of Africa than we normally see on screen, though it still includes some heart-stopping moments of tragedy and tension. Maybe it runs a little long and perhaps some of the child actors are a little unpolished, but overall it's an assured move into new territory by the House of Mouse.

Summary

The life of a poor Ugandan youngster is changed forever when she is introduced to the game of chess. Drama, starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga.

Cast & Crew

Phiona Mutesi Madina Nalwanga
Robert Katende David Oyelowo
Harriet Lupita Nyong'o
Mugabi Brian Martin Kabanza
Night Taryn Kyaze
Young Richard Ivan Jacobo
Older Richard Nicolas Levesque
Ivan Ronald Ssemaganda
Director Mira Nair
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 21 Oct 2016
Drama Arts