"Like most feel-good films, Queen of Katwe doesn’t shy away from platitude-filled dialogue and “aww”-inspiring moments and meaningful swells of music. But neither does it feel like just another charming underdog story. Thanks in part to a wonderful lead performance by the newcomer Madina Nalwanga, Queen of Katwe offers a surprisingly nuanced portrait of a young woman learning—in the most difficult of circumstances—that “winning” can be a complicated joy. Victory sometimes equals redemption or happiness or money or fame, but it doesn’t always guarantee those things. Sometimes, winning can be confusing or isolating. Sometimes, it can even feel empty. These are unconventional, but worthy lessons for a family-friendly Disney movie like Queen of Katwe to unpack, and in some ways, the film’s streaks of realism—not fantasy—are what make it such a genuine pleasure to watch.
Queen of Katwe isn’t interested in offering an easily digestible account of Mutesi’s life..."
I liked this movie a lot, to the tune of 4 out of 5 stars. I don't know how little the little ones can be as there are some adult subjects alluded to but never seen and teen pregnancy. But this true story is an awesome women-of-color-made film. And I really loved the way class differences were shown and how winning isn't all sunshine and roses, as described above.
I highly recommend this movie too.