Movie: Queen of Katwe
Direction: Mira Nair
Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga
Music: Alex Heffes
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt
Editor: Barry Alexander Brown
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
What is it about: It’s a biographical sports drama, which depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi a Ugandan Chess Prodigy. The film is directed by Mira Nair.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: Biographical dramas are a great genre and when it comes out well it becomes a treat to watch. And this one is no exception, Mira Nair has re-created a neat biography of a Ugandan girl who hailed from a slum and grew up to be the pride of “Katwe”.
The film flows at a steady pace covering the important events in Phiona’s life. And the screenplay by William Wheeler was tight, which was a great addition for a drama of this calibre.
The actors in the film were spectacular, who brought a great flavour to this film. Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi was hands down the best, she had a great body language and a crisp talent, which made Phiona on screen shine. David Oyelowo as Robert Katende was a great and did a commendable job. Lupita Nyong’o as Nakku Harriet was perfect and most probably a nomination in Academy Awards can be expected.
Ronald Ssemaganda as Ivan was the funniest one among the lot, Ethan Nazario Lubega as Benjamin was great. These two kids were a great comic relief.
The cinematography by Sean Bobbitt was a great one and had a perfect tone. And it was perfectly edited by Barry Alexander Brown. The music by Alex Heffes was good.
Verdict: Mira Nair retuned after a long gap with a feel good film, which took the on screen form of the Chess Prodigy well and made another sports personality known to the world. A great film which has its emotions right, definitely worth a watch for a great story and for stellar performances.