The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind – Review

Genre Drama
Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor
Starring Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lily Banda
Released on 25 January 2019(Sundance), March 1st 2019
Duration 113 minutes
Channel Netflix
Flixxpanda Rating  9/10

Some films that are made based on true stories are way too cheesy with terrible music scores that make you cringe and stop watching. It’s not a bad story, the humans behind it are amazing but making a movie out of a story takes a certain knack of cinematic talent. I’m glad to say The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is one of the films that has done just that perfectly. I had tears in my eyes by the end. It was absolutely lovely without a shred of doubt.

Well what’s this one about? The story of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind takes place in a village names Wimbe, Malawi. The The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind centers around young 13-year old Edward Kamkwamba. His village was slowly but surely starving to death in 2001. The rains were delayed and the land was parched. Crops started dying and families were struggling to make ends meet. Then when the rains finally came, since nothing grew on the land it resulted in flooding. People were trying to sell trees to the government and with so little growing on the land already, it just made things worse. With no grain and no money, resources were running out quickly for everyone.

Trywell Kamkwamba (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is just on the brink of starvation. He and his wife Agnes (Aïssa Maïga) have been trying desperately to keep hanging in there. They don’t want their children’s lives to be like theirs. Agnes wants her daughter to go to university. They keep sending their son William (Maxwell Simba) to school until they just cannot afford to anymore. William is intelligent, he’s good at taking stuff apart and finding out how complicated things work. He keeps studying textbooks in the library in the hopes of bringing water from the well to the fields, during dry season as well.

When William starts to believe he may be able to do it after all, Trywell tries to stop him at first. He thinks the ideas are foolish and he wants William to try and help out on the fields directly instead. However, through pure perseverance William manages to do the nearly impossible and save the village. Astounding.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor himself, the film is truly inspiring. With incredibly strong acting at its core, its clearly a cut above the rest. Give it a watch, definitely worth your time.

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