Even those with a limited knowledge of the game of chess will know that the queen rules the roost. Making an astonishing acting debut, the strongest piece of Mira Nair’s joyous Queen of Katwe is Madina Nalwanga. Playing Ugandan prodigy Phiona Mutesi, the charming newcomer lights up the screen from first to last with a radiant smile and extraordinarily mature performance. Her embodiment of a girl plucked from the slums of Kampala and catapulted to international fame by tactical mastery of a game of strategy is classic Disney fare but this story of triumph over adversity aims right for the heartstrings and gives them a good plucking.
Matthew Anderson | @behind_theseens