A most interesting premise fails to deliver.
A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.
This isn’t a terrible movie, it just isn’t good. It comes down to the fact it’s based off a long book. This book recounts a huge amount of Phiona’s life, simply too much for a movie. No-one bothered to adapt the book, they just turned it into a film and seemed to make no appropriate changes for the medium switch. This leaves us with a movie that runs over 2hrs and includes very tedious, boring details.
The characters are difficult to like at times to and not being connected to an already long movie makes the film more boring to watch. David Oyelowo offers a wonderfull performance and is most certainly the best part of the film. Me demonstrates contrast and an emotional journey. Madina Nalwanga is inconsistent as Phiona and Lupita Nyong’o is good, but her character seems too rude at times to be liked.
Overall it’s not terrible, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Walt Disney Entertainment