Are you looking for a feel-good film that will heighten your spirit Are you looking for a good film that will inspire you Well Queen of Katwe may be your cho

Queen of Katwe Movie Review

Queen of Katwe Movie Review English Movie Review
Review for the film " Queen of Katwe"
Runtime: 2 Hours 05 Minutes
Certificate: U
Released: 07-10-2016
Genre: Drama
3.75 / 5.0



  • Producer:
  • Lydia Dean Pilcher
  • John B Carls
  • Music Director:
  • Director:
  • Costume Designer:
  • Mobolaji Dawodu
  • Art Director:
  • Fritz Joubert
  • Shane Bunce
  • Jonathan Hely Hutchinson
  • Emilia Roux
  • First Assistant Director:
  • Mike Topoozian
  • Atilla Salih Yücer
  • Director of Photography:
  • Sean Bobbitt
  • Executive Producer:
  • Troy Buder
  • Will Weiske
  • Casting Director:
  • Christa Schamberger
  • Dinaz Stafford
  • Novelist:
  • Tim Crothers
  • Sound Effects Editor:
  • Heather Gross
  • Assistant Editor:
  • Alex Gilbert
  • Assistant Costume Designer:
  • Eniola Dawodu
  • Unit Production Manager:
  • Will Weiske
  • Screenplay Writer:
  • William Wheeler
  • Foley Artist:
  • Marko A Costanzo
  • Production Designer:
  • Stephanie Carroll
  • Set Decorator:
  • Jeanette Scott
  • Melinda Launspach
  • Assistant Props Master:
  • Doret Van Jaarsveld
  • Hair Stylist:
  • Melanie Harris
  • Post Production Supervisor:
  • Kelley Cribben
  • Special Effects Coordinator:
  • Cordell McQueen
  • Stunt Coordinator:
  • Cordell McQueen
  • Compositor:
  • Johan van Huyssteen
  • _Supporting Actors:
  • Russel Savadier
  • Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
  • Peter Odeke
  • Maurice Kirya
  • Esther Tebandeke
  • Charity Rose Pimer
  • Lupita Nyong\'o
  • David Oyelowo
  • Taryn Kyaze
  • Sound Mixer:
  • Nico Louw
  • Prop Master:
  • Arlo Markantonatos
  • Assistant Cameraman:
  • Houston Hadden

Are you looking for a feel-good film that will heighten your spirit? Are you looking for a good film that will inspire you? Well, Queen of Katwe may be your choice. Now let’s dig into the Queen of Katwe and see what it has in store for us.


Madina Nalwanga, a nine-year old girl, stays with her mother Lupito Nyong’o, brothers and sisters in a simple shack in a poverty-ridden slum in Uganda. They earn by selling corn in the road. They also involve in tapping at the windows of the car owners to sell their product. Nalwanga’s life is changed suddenly when she goes to a chess club managed by a missionary David Oyelowo. Nalwanga gradually realizes that she in fact has a bent of mind for the sport and Oyelowo helps her to sharpen her skills. Nalwanga doesn’t know to read and write but Oyelowo supports her. What happens later in this Disney movie? Watch it in theatres to know.

Star Performances

David Oyelowo gives a superb performance with his empathetic shades. Lupito Nyong’o gives a strong performance as the mother of Nalwanga and expresses profoundly with her eyes. As for Nalwanga herself she does a stunning job with her calm intensity and naivety which attracts her towards the audiences.


Queen of Katwe has been inspired from a book by Tim Krothers. The movie has the backdrop of Africa. It can be considered probably Mira’s best films in the past 10 years. She had done an exceptional job in The Namesake and here it is clear that she is back to form.

What’s there?

  • The film maker’s portrayal of African tradition is rich and will appeal to the audiences. The locales of Katwe are best used by the aesthetic film maker.
  • The plight of those people suffering from poverty, lack of education etc. are shown in a convincing manner in the film.

What’s not there?

This movie too falls into the category of those sports films that adhere to a specific template. But the way it is treated compensates for this so-called issue         .


If you are a keen follower of Mira Nair’s films then this will be the perfect treat for you. Believe in such movies and you will find them deserving your appreciation.