Queen of Katwe is the inspiring true story of a girl named Phiona Mutesi as she becomes a chess legend. There were times in the movie where I didn’t completely understand what was being said due to the character’s accents, but I still enjoyed it.
Phiona lives in Katwe, an area of crime and slums in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, in Africa. She lives with her younger brother Brian Mugabi, a baby brother, an older sister, and their widowed mother Nakku Harriet. Phiona has to sell corn, or “maize” as they call it, to help pay for food and rent. Phiona finds a chess club for other kids in the slums while out following Brian one day and she is teased for her smell. She had given up all hope and wasn’t taking care of herself, as shown by her personal hygiene. She fights back and the organizer of the club or “coach” as the kids call him, Robert Katende, is impressed with her fiery attitude and invites her to join. To find out the rest, watch the movie. You didn’t think I would tell you details about the whole movie, did you? Muhahaha.
I applaud the movie and I thought it was very inspiring. It does however deal with some topics that might be a little too mature for younger audiences. For example, *SPOILERS BEGIN* Brian is hit by a motorcycle and has to go to the hospital. The hospital has no pain medication and they have to stitch him up without it. The actual stitches aren’t shown, but Brian cries in a way that would be scary for younger children to witness. There are also a couple of scenes that hint at sexual activities. *SPOILERS END* I suggest that parents watch this movie before their kids do to see if they think it is appropriate.
It wasn’t all dark though. There were many heartwarming and joyful scenes that were very pleasant and amusing to watch. The music was very fitting and mirrored the mood and tone of each scene nicely. Warning; if you are emotional you will cry. I only cried a little bit, but my mom cried throughout the whole thing. I thought that, overall, this was a great movie and I highly recommend it. I felt that the only thing lacking was a bigger bag of popcorn, Mom.
About Gabrielle: I am a 9th grader in King George County. When I’m not at school I’m plugged into my phone and hiding from the world.