Queen of Katwe

7.8 based on 1 rating

A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.

Queen of Katwe
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Queen of Katwe

It may be about chess, but Queen of Katwe is at its core that inspirational sports film angling towards a satisfying sentimental crescendo. Chess of course is a sport but my few film encounters with it (mostly involving Bobby Fischer) toe a line different to the one our director, Mira Nair, takes. The honest setting is just as important as the characters, and that is key to really elevating this film from your conventional feel-good sports story. It also helps that superb thespians, David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o, put in work when called upon.