The Queen’s Gambit is the one show on Netflix that has impressed a lot of audiences in the short span of its arrival. The series which arrived on Netflix on October 23, has impressed many people with its charm, music, story, and cinematography. The series has currently a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is very rare for a Netflix series.
Based on a 1983 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, the series is about an Eight-year-old young girl Beth Harmon loses her brilliant and troubled mother in a horrific car crash and learns how to play chess from a janitor in an orphanage. The orphans are being drugged. She develops a drug addiction. She gets adopted by a very troubled woman.
The series mainly highlights three characteristics of Beth Harmon played by Anya Taylor-Joy:
1) her willingness to become world champion in Chess,
2) her addiction to pills and alcohol, and
3) being a woman who's among the very best "at a man's game".
According to many fans, the series is successfully able to highlight Chess as the central part of the series, and a lot of credit goes to the superb acting done by Anya Taylor-Joy, who delivers brilliantly in the lead role of Beth Harmon. Many people are also saying that they are learning how to play Chess after watching the series.
In a recent interview on being coached and choreographed by chess consultants Bruce Pandolfini and Garry Kasparov, Anya Taylor-Joy said, “Having them around made me feel like we weren’t going to disappoint people,” says Taylor-Joy. “It’s an entirely different world, and people care about it so much. I wanted to make sure we were telling the story right.”
Taylor-Joy also said “I knew how I wanted to play Beth so immediately that I just had to push her away for enough time to be able to walk in and embody her. As a performer, that was wonderful because it meant I was never reaching for any emotion, but it was also taxing in the sense that if Beth was having a bad day, I was having a bad day. I had to learn how to understand that those weren’t my feelings.”
But it's not only Anya Taylor-Joy, fans are also very much impressed with Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays Benny Watts in the series, this character is loosely based on grandmaster Bobby Fischer.
In a recent interview when asked about Benny Watts, Brodie said, “It was about discovering who he was as a person. It was about figuring out what part of me I see in Benny; only at that point do you make a character true and believable. And then you end up learning something about yourself.” “I suppose I learned that I should embrace what I’m good at and not be afraid of doing that,” he continues. “I loved Benny’s unapologetic sense of self. Yes, he’s very up-himself and self-absorbed, but he’s somewhat justified in that. He’s incredibly talented, and he knows what he’s good at and what he’s not good at.”
The series is based on a book, but it is fictional, and it is set in the 60s of the US where women are not considered as intelligent as men who can play chess. Beth breaks all those conventions as she takes part in the U.S. Open championship, where both men and women players are allowed to compete.
Many fans have already started to demand a second season from Netflix, but as announced, the show is a limited series, which also means that it will not get a second season. Anyway, a second season or not, the series has already inspired a lot of people to show interest in playing Chess.
Below are some of the fans reactions:
Watching the queens gambit on Netflix and it’s superb 👏🏼 now I want a cool chessboard tho 😂— FPL King (@TheFantasyKing2) November 2, 2020
Started Googling them and there are some cracking good ones out there. Anyone have a nice board ?
The queens gambit briefly convinced me I could be good at chess but my last ten games on chess dot com tells me that was pure adrenaline talking (I am not good at chess)— rachel syme (@rachsyme) November 1, 2020
I just finished binge-watching The Queens Gambit on Netflix, and holy shit it is one of the best shows I've ever seen! 👏👏👏 Bruh, you want some Monday good shit? Watch this series!! pic.twitter.com/IJQOwdnFz8— Poy Autor (@poyautor) November 1, 2020
“The Queens Gambit” is the best thing I have watched in a while. Highly recommend.— Gavin Baker (@GavinSBaker) October 31, 2020
Queens Gambit is just a series of excellent choices from the cast to the direction and writing. Haven’t been riveted like this in ages ! Plus Anya Taylor Joy is one of my favorite actors, excited for her work to be better recognized— Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@AyeshaASiddiqi) October 25, 2020
I am going to cry plsss I need the season 2 of quenns gambit!!!!! #QueensGambit— chàrles_🦘 (@momspaghetti_0) November 2, 2020
Watched the queens gambit and that’s it I’m taking chess seriously— waiting for chuck bass x (@mamu_xox) November 2, 2020
Earlier in 2009, Heath Ledger was originally attached to direct a film adaptation of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ before his untimely death.
The Queen’s Gambit is currently streaming on Netflix. Watch the trailer here.
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