QUEEN OF KATWE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - TB

★★★★

Di­rected by Mira Nair. Star­ring David Oyelowo, Lupita Ny­ong’o,

Mad­ina Nal­wanga The re­mark­able true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young Ugan­dan chess prodigy, be­gan in unimag­in­able poverty in a Kam­pala slum. As a pre-teen, Phiona and her brother at­temd a lo­cal chess pro­gramme, pri­mar­ily to avail of the free food. A mir­a­cle fol­lowed. This big-screen adap­ta­tion of Sports Il­lus­trated jour­nal­ist Tim Crother’s best-sell­ing bio ar­rives in cine­mas as fam­ily-friendly Dis­ney movie, re­plete with sass-mouthed young­sters and feel-good vibes. But it also has real emo­tional pur­chase. Check­mate! Or some­thing sim­i­lar. PG, gen re­lease, 126 min

Check-mate! Mad­ina Nal­wanga in Queen of Katwe, out now on gen­eral re­lease

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