Who’s The #1 Spice?
The Queen of Katwe Hollywood Premiere brought the flavor to the historic El Capitan theater on September 20th 2016. Just in case you haven’t yet had the opportunity to see the film, I’m referring to the best song on the Queen of Katwe film soundtrack: “#1 Spice” by Young Cardamom & HAB. It goes a little something like this:
“Bring the flavor to the fish, bring the flavor to the rice – who’s the #1 spice?”
Unlike any other red carpet premiere we have had the opportunity to attend, the Queen of Katwe Hollywood premiere was a magnificent spectacle of gorgeous colors, beautiful people and plenty of good fun. We had the amazing luck of attending the red carpet event, all opinions are our own. It was definitely a night to remember.
Stars, Brightly Colored Stars
Stars in attendance of the Queen of Katwe Hollywood premiere included David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, director Mira Nair and many more. They were all welcomed by hundreds of fans lined up along Hollywood Boulevard and a packed house inside the El Capitan theater.
Immediately following the Queen of Katwe premiere movie screening, we walked across the street to the Hard Rock Cafe for a raging after party. The after party was so much fun. There were bites to eat, drinks to drink and people to see and hug. The absolute best part of the after party was watching Martin Kabanza and Madina Nalwanga who play brother and sister Mugabi and Phiona dance their booties off on the dance floor. Being the busy body that I am, I was right up front and center for most of it to watch their happy faces and grab some 2nd hand celebration. It must have been an amazing night and an amazing experience for the young actors.
The Queen Makes Her Move
Life on the tough streets of Uganda for 9-year-old Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga) is a constant struggle. She spends her days selling vegetables (and the #1 spice) on the streets of Katwe to help support her family. School is not an option for young Phiona. With the death of her father and older brother, Phiona’s mother Harriet (played by Lupita Nyong’o) is a proud and strongwilled woman and she works hard to support her family on her own. Harriet has desires to provide the best life possible for her children, but times are tough and they’re struggling just to get by. One fateful day Phiona is introduced to the game of chess by teacher Robert Katende (played by David Oyelowo) and her life gets set on a different course. Phiona and her family’s life is changed irreparably by a game of chess.
Queen of Katwe For the Entire Family
Queen of Katwe is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl who comes across the smart game of chess. It’s a coming of age story and a story about overcoming one’s obstacles. Queen of Katwe is inspiring, moving and heartfelt. I have never loved a non-action movie so quickly and so immensely before. I cannot wait to watch it with my children. Should you take your whole family to see Queen of Katwe? Absolutely. We give it 5 stars.
Queen of Katwe opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23 expanding wide September 30, 2016.