With all the movies I review - This is one of the best movies to come out this year, because the main character Phiona is beyond inspirational. The way she plays chess is amazing, incredible, genius and magical. She is someone young girls can look up to and our daughters can learn from. She teaches us in the movie it's not where you come from but, where you are going and the journey getting there. The movie is a brilliant look at how the game of Chess can change lives by making new friends and building self confidence. I mean to go from practically nothing, poverty you can't even imagine to becoming a Chess Champion. This is something you have to see. I recommend it for all ages, there is no violence just laughs. Queen of Katwe proves you don't need much but, someone to believe in you and your family too.
The characters are very strong and determined in this movie, not only Phiona herself but, her mother Harriet play by the magnificent Lupita Nyong’o, the actress is amazing in this part. In the movie she has 4 children and no husband (he dies). She is cautious at first about the chess playing, then sees how much this will change her daughters life and become very supportive. Robert Katende played by (David Oyelowo) again so incredible a performance as Phiona's mentor and teacher. He teaches the kids in the village to play chess at the community center. So one day Phiona follows one in, she wants to see what's going on. Not only does she learn the game of chess, she beats the best players from allover Uganda and still manages to keep her kind, sweet spirit in the wake of others telling her she doesn't belong. Remember poor and a girl, not much acceptance where she lives. It just amazing this story, definitely check it out. Oh and the best part through all this competition and learning - we also find out she can't read or write, so she learns to do that too.
I really think this story is one that will truly inspirer for years to come. We can all learn more about life from playing Chess. It teaches patience, strategy, will, drive and self-confidence. Thanks for stopping by, Enjoy!
For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.
QUEEN OF KATWE (PG)