Movie Review: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a must watch for every parent who has adolescent youngsters. Demonstrate to them what valour, fearlessness and education can result in. An artful masterpiece!!! The movie buys into the argument that we are the ones who can turn out to be either a resource or a liability for ourselves and our society. The decision is our own.
Staying true to the original book of the same name by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a story of inventiveness amidst disastrous hardship. It also marks the directorial presentation of Chiwetel Ejiofor making him one of the latest actors to dabble into directing. Be that as it may, maybe the one thing it unquestionably has to support it is its capacity to skirt the majority of the indications of a vanity project. Though Chiwetel co-stars in the film (he plays the dad to the main kid), he figures out how to avoid its spotlight. In spite of this, or maybe as a result of it, the film remains focused on its portrayal. It’s verifiably decent and well intentioned yet deficient with regards to energy.
First-time Kenyan actor Maxwell Simba plays William, a 13-year-old kid living in a little farming town in Malawi when terrible climate prompts fatal starvation in his locale. William has an undying love for engineering and physics, yet his training is spotty because his family can’t always keep up with paying his fees. In the wake of being removed from school for not paying his educational fee, he figures out how to arrange a plan whereby he can sneak into the school library and study all by himself. He’s been making small money by fixing his companions’ radios and batteries. He would later happen upon an innovation that could spare his town by making a windmill-power generator that waters the dry fields his family and neighbours rely on.
The barriers William meet along this adventure is generally relegated to the film’s last quarter. The greater part of Ejiofor’s two-hour film tracks William’s eked-out education among worsening environmental conditions. There is likewise political turmoil between the ranchers and the new popular powers in Malawi that bilk them out of their profit. Ejiofor makes some blending pictures of these political flows. At a certain point, the whole town running urgently with empty baskets to gather grain that has been issued by the government at the pinnacle of the dry season, and it feels as representing a picture of hunger as any could.
In any case, starvation and yield costs are dry subjects to stick a full length story on. The interpersonal, intergenerational fights about how to address the emergency, especially among William and his dad, Trywell (Chiwetel), don’t generally begin until the film is almost ending.
The greatest drawback to The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind may be its title as it seems to indicate that at some point or another, the kid in question will harness the wind. That confirmation helps us through a significant part of the direr sections of the story, however, it likewise removes a touch of air from its sails, for an absence of a better metaphor. The film is successful in informing us of the benefit of education; Trywell begging William to “go to class” fills in as the bookend for the film. Obviously, William’s story is being confined less about the water system of one town’s harvests, and progressively about a more extensive fight for individuals to obtain an education that can profit their communities, especially in underdeveloped nations. Ejiofor wasn’t overly emotional about the presentation of all this. Education is never really displayed as the life-changing, horizon-broadening background it should be for William’s story to feel like it has stakes, yet the unmistakeably importance of education comes across in the portrayal.
On the whole, this is hard stuff to translate to the cinema — it needs character definition and strain and aching and every one of those things that aren’t going to be in a simple arrangement of events throughout Kamkwamba’s life as they occurred. While some have commented on the cinematography (by Dick Pope) not at par with Hollywood standard, there are some dazzling works in the film’s night hours. The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind actually earned a respectable setting in its own right.