10 Reasons Why Queen of Katwe is a Must See Movie
I’ve seen Queen of Katwe three times already and I know I’ll be seeing it again. Each time I’ve seen the film I’ve fallen in love with the story. I didn’t think it was possible to have the same emotions every time but I have. I can’t wait to take my whole family to see the film and I wanted to share with you 10 reasons why Queen of Katwe is a must see movie.
“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Reason #10: Based on a Real Life Story
Queen of Katwe is based on the real life of Phiona Mutesi. The film captures her journey of discovering the game of chess and how she strives to become a grandmaster, after learning she could get a stipend to play in championships. Filmed in Katwe, the movie captures the true essence of what life looks like in that part of the world.
Reason #9: Characters You’ll Love
The characters in this film are easy to fall in love with. Each of them bringing pieces of their culture and heritage to the screen. According the director Mira Nair, most of the children in the movie were all cast from Katwe. Madina Nalwanga who plays Phiona Mutesi is one of the local children.
Reason #8: The Music is Captivating
Since seeing the movie for the first time, I feel in love with the vibrant songs and music from this film. It reminded me so much of my Trinidadian culture. Be sure to stay after the end credits for two great songs. The first is a song by Alicia Keys and the second is the #1 Spice video by Young Cardamom and HAB. I promise you this song will activate feelings of happiness.
Reason #7: Madina Nalwanga
Madina excels in her role at Phiona Mutesi in the film. The new comer shines on the screen adding so much emotions and energy to her role. One of my favorite scenes in the whole movie is when Phiona discovers chess for the first time and her coach hands her a cup of porridge. She smiled with satisfaction after receiving the cup, you could tell she was thankful and it was delicious. I can’t see anyone in this role but her. I’m hopeful to see her in future roles.
Reason #6: You’ll Gain a New Appreciation for Chess
I never had an interest in chess until watching this film. I want to learn more, just to say I understand and can play the game. Phiona’s ability to learn the game so quickly and her mastering of the game is beautiful to watch. I’m sure once my kids watch the movie they’ll want to learn how to play the game as well.
Reason #5: David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o
David and Lupita both were amazing in the movie. Seeing Lupita fully embody what it’s like to be a mother, reminded me of myself throughout the movie. On that screen you really felt like those kids were her own. You could tell that David really worked hard on portraying Robert Katende, he worked so well with the kids in all their scenes together.
Reason #4: You’ll Learn a Lesson in Appreciation
From the start of the movie I was immediately moved by how the characters were living in their native Katwe. It reminded me of some elements of my own childhood growing up in a small town in Trinidad. I couldn’t imagine living my life without running water, electricity, gas, or many of my creature comforts. I appreciated all that I have more than ever. Knowing that things I take for granted each and every day is a luxury to them made me realize just how much I have to be thankful.
Reason #3: You’ll Learn a Lesson in Determination and Hard Work
One theme that was strong in the movie was hard work and determination. These characters all embodied what it means to work hard. From selling maize in the streets to feed their family, to Phiona learning the game of chess and working towards becoming a grand master. Robert’s sacrifices and determination to get his kids the recognition they deserved, and even Harriet’s drive and determination to care for her family on her own.
Reason #2: Mira Nair
Director Mira Nair did an amazing job with this movie. It showcases so many beautiful aspects of a country that most of the time we only hear or see the negative. From the selection of songs to the beautiful colorful clothing, and even the use of the native language or terminology has made for a unique viewing experience.
Reason #1: It’s a Film the Whole Family Will Enjoy
This is a film the whole family can and will enjoy. Whether you’re young or old you’ll find this movie entertaining and heart warming. The family will walk out feeling inspired and motivated. You’ll all laugh and cry, and I’m certain you’ll want to see it again.
The Queen of Katwe now playing in limited cities, and opens everywhere on September 30th.