WOW. I knew the general premise of The Queen’s Gambit before diving in, but I was completely blown away by how amazing every little aspect was. The story follows a woman named Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) who quickly becomes one of the best chess players in the world. The kicker is, at the tender age of 8, she was given tranquilizers every day and became addicted to them. Her mastery of chess is seemingly tied to her taking the pills, and she falls into a self-destructive spiral.
The cinematography, settings, and costumes were all splendid, while the score was ace. The performances and rich story are what drive this miniseries, though. Taylor-Joy gives one of the best performances of her career, while strong support from actors such as Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Marielle Heller, Moses Ingram, and Harry Melling add emotional layers to a character who could be cold without them. One of the best TV shows of 2020 quietly snuck onto Netflix, but to ignore this would be denying yourself a tremendous treasure.
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