Scott Frank, Alan Scott, and William Horberg developed The Queen’s Gambit from the 1983 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis (Hustler and Hustler 2). But, surprisingly, the seven-episode mini-series isn’t very conversational. Mainly because Beth is very quiet. Fascinated by Frank, who also wrote the series, Netflix’s Queen’s Gambit finds the closest comparison between Queen Katwe and Pawn Sacrifice by focusing the story on a female genius who fights with the weight of a genius.
Beth is a chess board and ruthless. She’s all aggressive, as one player speculates. She attacks with deadly accuracy born of intuitive wisdom. But she cannot overcome the Russian grandmaster Bolgov (Martin Drochinski). In contrast to her chess pieces, he can’t move. The drama of their match, and Beth’s fight against other inferior enemies, is driven by Taylor-Joy’s exciting performance. Many of her works are captured in a resolute close-up, and she sees her subtle facial expressions in Beth’s mind evoking an angry, confused, and fearless strategy. I will. These scenes are difficult cracks for Taylor-Joy. All of these Eureka moments can be played as cheap theaters. However, Taylor-Joy maintains a drama that is as grounded as the part she slides across the board. The show rests on all her deliberate glances, and she makes it happen.
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Queen’s Gambit’s impeccable craft adds even greater gravity to her battle. The quick give-and-go rhythm of a chess game is brilliantly exhibited through Taylor-Joy’s inspiring performance as well as Michel Tesoro’s fascinating edits. Intuitive split screens, such as tiled screens inspired by Brady Bunch, and individual framed shots of chessboard space depicting an ongoing game, turn a sedentary game into a dynamic act. Sound, an element that seems less important in quiet sports like golf, causes all chess pieces to hit the board with the dramatic strength of a torpedo. This action allows you to completely immerse your viewers who know little about this ancient game, such as the difference between Sicilian and Nydorf variations. Mixing with Carlos Rafael Rivera’s captivating piano score, the close-up of these Tic Tac toe-inspired movements is breathtaking. Thankfully, much of the series runs through these fascinating matches.
The Queen’s Gambit supporting role is like a pawn on Beth’s board. Their purpose is limited. Custodian Schebel (Bill Camp) is a rugged companion who teaches chess games in the school basement. Beth’s black best friend at the orphanage, Jolene (Moses Swingram), shows her the ropes of life at school. She also persuades young Beth to taste her soothing pills (a quick debilitating habit for young girls). DL Townes (whose name has a sneaky joke) is a fleeting crush on Beth, but he also falls on the roadside. Other characters follow the same fate. They appear as attractive figures, but diminish to go through the plot. There are only a few scripts. It’s probably a miniseries that works well as a movie.
When Beth is adopted by Mrs. Alma (Mariel Heller, director of a beautiful day in the neighborhood), she is banished in high school. A popular girl makes fun of her in her bargain basement outfit and flashy brown shoes. But when Mrs. Alma finds out how much money Beth can make from chess, the genius travels nationwide from tournament to tournament. Their relationship heralds a boring subplot. Due to an unfortunate marriage, Mrs. Alma, who is ill, drinks forever. A talented pianist who suffers from stage phobia, she is stuck. She can only do two things: mother or housewife. As both, Mrs. Alma is laissez-faire: she allows Beth to drink, party, and smoke. Not only do they connect the vices they share, but they also connect their loneliness. The subplot can crack the hardened shells of both Beth and Mrs. Alma. But even with Heller’s gentle performance, there are few bubbles on the surface that have not yet floated to the top between the pairs.The colors and lights are subdued — the scene is so dark that I suspect someone owned the lamp in the 1960s — Queen’s Gambit rain clouds over the scrapyard outside the chess game. Looks miserable like. Given the hips of the swinging 60s, this is a strange decision. Even the most formal clothes can be worn lively. Even when Beth visits Las Vegas, New Mexico and Paris, it is a vibrant city of rich architecture and the municipality has been reduced to a monotonous location. Beth may only be able to see the world in gray, but why do we have to be exposed to the same dull image? Ryan Murphy’s ratched, a show set in the 50’s, may have told a terrible story, but the series had a perfectly correct pizza.
Queen’s Gambit hasn’t even come across a symbol of a cock he hates. Calculating the Permutation of Chess Taking one of the many scenes of Beth lying on the bed, a bird’s-eye view shot shows the Queen’s shadow sliding down her body. Another sees Beth calling her mother home during a drug-filled party next to a penis-shaped candle. They are a manifestation of Beth’s eternal loneliness. Inside her, there is a mechanism to blow up her relationship before it happens. Her ban arises from becoming a housewife or biting her fear of relying on men. In fact, Beth is fighting two chess adversaries, nerd Harry Melling (Harry Melling) and cheeky cowboy Benny (Thomas Brodie-Sangster). And it comes very closely to being both possible lovers.
They bring out the action, even if the soap opera shifts in an overwhelming direction. Take the last episode when Beth faces her drinking habits. Her struggle with alcohol and pills, inspired by the tragic memories of her biological mother’s death, would be far more devastated if not so predictable by modern storytelling standards: At this point, the number of stories with geniuses suffering from the weight of geniuses feels endless. And the way Frank uses Jolene as a magical black friend is even more stereotyped. By the time the story moves to Russia, Queen’s Gambit will be similar to Rocky IV when Beth faces Bergov for the final showdown. Formerly suspicious Russians would have Beth in their hearts and without the essential excitement of watching these tense chess games, it would all be ridiculous.