Queen Of Katwe reviews mark yet another milestone for putting into the spotlight one of humanity’s most important aspects: hope. Shot in the slums of Uganda, the starring role is played by a charismatic newbie in the person of Madina Nalwanga. This is a beautiful and inspiring story of a young, uneducated girl from the streets who discovers she has a genius for chess.
She overcomes major challenges through the help of her caring coach. Not long after, she masters the skills and self-confidence to become a champion. In real life, Phiona Mutesi is a national hero and educational leader in her native Uganda. Today, she is well on her way to becoming a chess grandmaster.
Katwe’s journey begins in 2007. Her father just passed away and her mother Harriet played by Lupita Nyong’o could barely make ends meet. She couldn?t send her daughter to school. So Phiona spends her time fetching water and selling corn to help her family.
One day she followed her younger brother Brian (fellow newbie actor Martin Kabanza) to an old church where some kids from the slums are learning the game of chess. The coach, Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), invites Phiona to join them. He discovers she has natural talent for it, thus, inspiring him to get her into group competitions.
The film goes through the years of Phiona as a highly talented chess player despite her mom’s disapproval. Her mother simply thinks chess is distracting her from selling corn (geez, mom!).
Phiona’s reel life mom Nyong’o’s experience is not really far from the story’s theme. She herself had to go through hardships and harsh discrimination to get where she is right now.
Nyong’o is on the cover of VOGUE for the month of October. In the interview, she cited the painful criticism she had to deal with since 2013’s 12 Years A Slave. One critic said that she wouldn’t last long in Hollywood because of the color of her skin. Citing that Beyonce’ wouldn’t be the superstar icon she is right now if she didn’t look the way she
does. She’s lighter skinned, thus, more people can look at Beyonce’s image and see themselves in the pop superstar.
Nyong’o said she has no time to entertain racist speculations. She explained, “I have to deafen my ears to that Christian lady. She is looking at me as part of the cultural tapestry. I am living and breathing. That person is not considering what I had for breakfast, how that is sitting in my stomach, and why I didn’t do well with that audition.”
No one could have set that better, Nyong?o. You are truly an inspiration, not only to the people of color, but to the whole world.