Saturday, January 21, 2017

Queen of Katwe (2016)

Director: Mira Nair. Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o. 124 min. Rated PG. Biography.

Supposed uplifting real-life drama of a teenage Uganda girl who rises in the international chess arena. It's probably targeted towards younger audiences, so expecting conceptual or narrative complexities would be unfair. But not only does longtime director Mira Nair avoid taking any chances, she makes mistakes: we never learn how this girl affected the national conversation in Uganda (which must've been big) about women or the underdog, and the climactic sequence of the girl's final dual with another player is absurd, as you can't create dramatic tension by showing side-views of chess-pieces moving on a board - even for chess grand-masters.

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