Queen of Katwe: Movie Review

Forgive me. I am late to the party on this one. But at least I made it!

I barely remember this movie coming out. I try to pay attention since I love movies and am certain that if I knew this was in theaters, I’d have done a more timely review.

Why? I’m not just a sports junkie, I love all kinds of games. Board games, cards, table top, video…I genuinely love to play— pretty much anything. Since this movie is about chess I was all in.

Side note: most of my movie consumption is done via DVDs anymore. Another side skid: what is it with movies these days? Flicks are in and out of the theaters in record time.

As fate would have it, I was pleasantly surprised and shocked to see this on Netflix and  eagerly tuned in.

This had all the makings of a true underdog Disney story. I promise I won’t spoil it for you. But let me start with this: I loved this movie even though, at times, it was hard to watch. It brings the audience up close and personal with life in a slum in Katwe which is in Africa.

What I loved about it was the fact that the young girl at the center of this piece has the heart of a champion. A champion in training. And yes, the main character being a girl swayed me as well!

The movie is empowering and well worth the rental. Wondering if a chess movie can keep you in the game? ESPN guessed it could and they were right. This movie, based on a true story, comes with solid acting and fast-paced matches and highlights.

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