Movie of the Week: Queen of Katwe

I’ve always been a checkers person rather than a chess person but I do recognize the appeal of the game; how it enables the player to strengthen the strategic aspect of their minds and grow the ability to be two steps ahead of another person. This week’s movie Queen of Katwe isn’t exactly about chess, but about what chess has done to one young girl. Phiona Mutesi is determined to be more than just a product of the poor Ugandan hamlet she has grown up in and finds an outlet through chess, and that outlet awakens a talent so hidden, it may as well be considered a treasure.

What am I expecting to see?: From what I’ve heard about Queen of Katwe, this is a genuine crowd-pleaser and a slightly possible Oscar contender. 2016 has been a good year for Disney and I believe this film could be another well-received addition to Disney’s good fortune. This film features a promising cast including David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Kabanza, Ivan Jacobo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga all under the direction of Mira Nair and adapted to the screen by William Wheeler. I expect Queen of Katwe to be this season’s most inspiring and uplifting film and perhaps call itself the crown jewel of Disney’s year.


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