Release Date: 8 March 2017
Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o
It’s dynamic! It’s thrill a minute! It’s… chess! Well, we tried. Sure, it may not be the greatest spectator sport, but chess is a marvel of strategy, and a game that most anybody can have a go at but which few truly master. In classic Disney style, Queen of Katwe is based on a true tale, in this case that of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda. Taken under the wing of a chess-loving missionary at the age of 10, Phiona shows an uncanny fervour and aptitude for the game. Being a Disney adaptation you may expect Phiona’s first tournament to be the crescendo of the story, but instead we’re privy to several of her years, as she dreams of a better life… A collision of Slumdog Millionaire and Searching for Bobby Fischer, director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) gives real good feel-good.
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