Reviewer: Dhruva Koranne
Genre: Biological, Sports, Drama
Duration: 124 minutes
India Release Date: 07-OCT-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5
‘Queen of Katwe’ traces the journey of a young girl named Phiona Mutesi(Madina Nalwanga) who from the slums of Uganda, goes on to become a prodigal Chess player and finds an escape from a life of poverty.
Queen of Katwe is directed by Mira Nair who previously directed critically acclaimed movies like ‘Saalam Bombay’ and ‘Namesake’. The film stars debutant girl Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi and the supporting cast consists of David Oyelowo as Robert Katende and Lupita Nyong’O as Nakku Harriet. The film is based on real life chess player Phiona Mutesi and is adapted from a book by Tim Crothers. The strongest part of the movie is the performance by the actors. Madina Nalwanga has excelled in her debut movie. She portrays the emotions of the character perfectly.Lupita Nyong’O plays the struggling and equally concerned mother perfectly but the best performance comes from David Oyowolo who was just amazing throughout the movie. He has truly given his 100% in each and every scene. The other cast has also done its job quite well.
Performance & Technical Review:
The cinematography by Sean Bobbitt is also very good. The story feels a little clichéd. We have heard many of such stories where the main character is an underdog but with struggle is able to make it big. The screenplay and the dialogues are excellent. The screenplay is a combination of dramatic, light and thrilling moments. The film moves at a steady pace and does not feel boring at any time. A special mention must be given to the casting of the film as the actors look very much similar to the original characters. The background and music by Alex Heffes gives a nice feel to the film. Overall the film is good and Mira Nair has presented the story in a simple manner and it manages to impress the audience.
‘Queen of Katwe’ is worth a watch. The story is inspiring and equally emotional. The film is backed by powerful performances. It is a story well told and will impress one and all.
Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 4.5 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5
CGI: 4 on 5