Queen of Katwe Movie Review
Queen of Katwe is a powerful, heart-warming film that tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi. Phiona Mutesi grew up in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. After the death of her father, her mother struggles to keep the family fed and have a shelter over their head. One day, Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess. Her world changes rapidly as she learns the game of chess. Supported by her family and community she is instilled with the confidence and determination to fulfill her dream of being an international chess champion.
I have been so excited for Queen of Katwe to arrive in theaters, since I saw a screening last month. If you don’t see any other movie this year, you need to see this amazing film. Discover the 3 reasons why you need to head to theater to catch this beautiful, inspiring film.
3 Reasons to See Queen of Katwe
- Strength of the Human Spirit – The film tells a story of hope and endurance that showcases the strength of the human spirit. You will find yourself drawn into the harsh realities of Phiona’s life and cheer for her as she struggles to find her place in the new world of chess. Phiona’s story shows that even when you are in the darkest circumstances, you can persevere when you give it your all.
- Love & Family – A family’s love is a strong component in Phiona’s story. Due to their financial circumstances, the family must work together to make ends meet. Phiona’s mother, Nakku Harriet, puts her family first and we see how deep a mother’s love runs as she makes sacrifices for her children. The mother-daughter relationship between Phiona and Nakku have is strong and is a powerful reminder to treasure that bond with our daughter(s) and mother.
- Dedication – While the story’s main is focus is the dedication and determination of Phiona to become a chess champion, it is also tells the story of her coach Robert Katende. He takes the job working with the faith based outreach program, while looking for a job as a civil engineer. His compassion leads him to teach the children how to play chess and he makes an amazing impact in their lives. He doesn’t give up Phiona when she is ready to give up herself and must struggle to make a tough decision when he is offered the job he has been hoping for.
The film is heartwarming , tearjerker that will leave your heart happy and full. I strongly recommend bringing tissues because you will need them. It is rated PG for thematic elements and an accident scene. I would recommend it for older children who can sit through a non-animated film and can’t wait to share it with my 12 year old.
Head out to see Queen of Katwe, playing in select theaters now and theaters everywhere Sept. 30th.
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