The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind earns its predictably uplifting arc through strong performances and impressive work from debuting director Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the true story of William Kamkwamba.

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  • This is a promising debut from Ejiofor - and further proof of Netflix's willingness to invest in stories which other studios might deem less commercially viable.

    Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Not make this simply a portrait of victimhood, but a deeply informed and fully expressed portrait of a culture most of us (including this critic) knew little about.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

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  • It builds realism and context into both sides of that story and manages to be a winning adaptation as a result.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film remains too mannered for its own good; it's unquestionably nice and well-intentioned, but lacking momentum.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" - feeds our hunger for inspiring tales in these desperate times with a beautifully engineered narrative latticework of hardship, hope, and know-how.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • When the triumphs of the human, agricultural and engineering spirits arrive, they work. It's moving, and it's earned. Ejiofor is off and running as a director.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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