Many of our best actors want to take the next leap in their artistic journeys and become directors, to tell their own stories and raise a new crop of talent along the way. As such, Chiwetel Ejiofor not only succeeds mightily in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, his feature-length debut as a director, but also manages to pull out an impeccable performance from newcomer Maxwell Simba. You get two great debuts for the price of one Netflix count…that is unless you’re a horrendous scourge that mooches off others and refuses to pay for their own things. In which case, it’s two great debuts for absolutely nothing. (Yay?)
The following review will be spoiler free.
Directed By: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Written By: William Kamkwamba and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Starring: Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa, Philbert Falakeza, Joseph Marcell, and Noma Dumezweni
Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi (Simba) invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the true story of William Kamkwamba.
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