Flash Movie Review: Queen of Katwe

One of the big mysteries I still struggle to understand is how people gain confidence. The answer is so elusive to me because I see some people who exude confidence; not in a bragging or boastful way, they just seem to have a strong sense of self and more importantly they believe in themselves. The ones who have the skills and knowledge to back up their confidence deserve it in my opinion. But the individuals who do not have the talent or masterfulness in the field they claim make me curious to know why that person feels that way. At the other end of the equation there are people who have the skill or artistry but do not believe they perform it well. I fall into this category. Since I feel that way I have always looked to see if my lack of belief is due to the environment I grew up in or were there other factors that made me feel like I am never good enough for the task at hand. Was it negative comments I received, people’s perceptions about overweight individuals or being forced to blend in with the majority; I just do not know? What I do know however, is the strength inside of me is partially fueled by my desire to prove people wrong or more precisely prove myself wrong. How twisted does that sound? With everything I have just said I am aware that I have been fortunate with the opportunities that were available to me. There is just one other factor that needs to be part of this conversation and that is acknowledging those individuals who were born with a particular gift like being genetically predisposed for a certain set of skills. It does not matter what their environment is like or their circumstances; they simply have the aptitude. But do you want to know something? A person still needs to believe they can do it.   SPENDING her days selling maize Phiona Mutesi, played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga, happened to see a game of chess being played. It was a game that came with a multitude of possibilities. This film festival winning movie was based on a true story. With David Oyelowo (Selma, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) as Robert Katende and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, Non-Stop) as Nakku Harriet, the acting was incredible. Lupita had such power in her expressions that I thought I saw fire coming out of her eyes; that is how good she was with her character. This biographical story could have fallen into oversweet sappiness, but due to the script and directing the story came across with a solid sense of realness. I have to tell you the story was amazing. I enjoyed the setting and contrasts shown in this picture. Chess is something that is considered refined almost stately in some circles and I loved the fact that it was being played by poor villagers in a town of Uganda. After watching this film all I can say is I wish I had some of Phiona’s strength. Stay for the beginning of the great ending credits.


3 1/3 stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 28, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Well, I’m glad you pursued your dream, regardless of the reasons! Great review – so well -written. When I saw the trailer for this movie, I was very moved and eager to see it. Now that I’ve read your excellent review, it will be something I will certainly savor and look forward to.
    Thanks so much for giving me a movie to really have excitement for. I’ll let you know once I see it. I almost so it on the weekend, but it wasn’t in wide release. Saw Bridget Jones instead, and it was okay. This one will be a keeper I bet!

    • I’ll look forward to hearing from you after you see this film. Thank you for the kind words and I hope I did not build this up too much to the point of lofty expectations. Can’t wait for your to see it though.

      • I saw it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I especially loved the music and details – it was simply beautiful to watch. And the ending credits were great. What a wonderful story!
        I only wish there were more movies like this one for me to go see. 🙂

      • Thank you so much for telling me Judy and I am thrilled you had such a good experience watching this amazing film. Keep your fingers crossed as we now are getting into the Oscar season we will see more films now of the same caliber. Thank you again for the comments.

      • Good reminder! I have a feeling this film might win something. 🙂
        I’m always happy to share with you. I depend on your reviews.

      • Aww, you are so sweet. Thank you.

  2. I highly recommend the book by the same title.
    Glad you put a spotlight on this film.

  3. Beautiful post with a great introduction on the ‘core theme’, ‘confidence’ …

    Enjoyed reading and really look forward to watching this movie 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful day ahead 🙂

  4. while i see so few movies anymore
    this review has inspired me to keep my eye out
    when it’s available to me, thanks 🙂

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