The African continent has been home to several films, documentaries and television series. Most of them are depressing, real stories of how brutality, corruption and pure evil has almost defeated humanity in the continent. Therefore, it is time for new film makers to now challenge the idea and give out humane, positive stories from this area. The Netflix Original, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is one of them. Here is our complete review of the Netflix Original film.
The film is based on the real-life story of William Kamkwamba, who spearheaded the windmill movement in his country and has since then been the face of a progressive Africa. The screenplay tells William’s story in a stoic, emotional manner and creates a compelling story – one that will keep the audiences rooting for the end.
What’s wow: First time director Chiwetel Ejiofor directs a crackling sharp screenplay that sears into the audience’s minds right from scene one. The screenplay succeeds in bringing out the sheer helplessness that a lesser people experience when they are against odds. Chiwitel has chosen a great subject, that’s a story that requires to be told. The screenplay is low on drama and high on emotion, and that’s what makes the film a worthwhile watch. The film really succeeds in creating a jaw-dropping moment for the urban, modern generation. The film is an eye-opener for an entire generation. Decades ago, people said that the African continent was a forgotten one – and that stands true even today. Maybe films like this will awaken the much-needed human interest. The good thing about the film is that it is politically woke as well – and concocts a beautiful picture of all the issues that the people in the continent faces.
What’s Blah: Nothing.
Parting Shot: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a compelling true life account.
Cast: Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lily Banda
Directed by and Screenplay: Chiwetel Ejiofor
You can watch the film on Netflix