If you’re planning to start watching a new TV series, we have got the perfect pick for you. And from perfect, we mean a 100% rotten tomatoes rated show. Netflix has released one of their finest production of 2020 and you might not wanna miss this one.
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, The Queen’s Gambit is a seven-part series that is co-created and directed by Scott Frank, the man behind Godless, one of 2017’s best shows.
The must-watch Netflix series, which explores identity, addiction, and feminism against the backdrop of the 1960s counterculture revolution, sees a formidable performance by Anya Taylor-Joy as an American chess prodigy.
If you haven’t started watching it yet, we just wanna let you know that you’re missing out on something really great. Here are 10 reasons why The Queen’s Gambit should be your next binge-watch.
1) Anya Taylor-Joy’s outstanding performance.
Anya Taylor-Joy earned her name in the industry for her iconic performance in 2015’s The Witch. Since then, she has been on a spree of delivering exceptional performances. Her role as chess prodigy Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit is more proof of her intimidating emotional range.
2) The actor who portrays young Beth Harmon is great too.
The plot of the film unfolds with Beth’s early childhood years in an orphanage, and Isla Johnston has done an excellent job at portraying young Beth.
3) Bill Camp kills it as young Beth’s mentor.
The actor who is known for his outstanding supporting performances has yet again struck with his role as an orphanage janitor who teaches young Beth the ways of the chessboard.
4) Marielle Heller shines in a rare acting role.
Marielle Heller is much known as a director. However, she’s back in front of the camera after her last year’s Tom Hanks–starring Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. She has delivered a funny and empathetic performance in The Queen’s Gambit.
5) Scott Frank’s top-notch writing and direction.
Frank who is already a recipient of two Oscar nominations as a screenwriter has done admirable writing and direction in the show. This is his second time behind the camera for a Netflix limited series (his first was Godless in 2017).
6) Dudley Dursley’s an adult now.
Who knew Harry Potter’s bully would age like a fine wine. After delivering an amazing performance in the Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland starer The Devil All The Time, Harry Melling has left no stone unturned in telling us he’s the star of the coming age.
7) Jojen Reed from Game Of Thrones is also here.
Thomas Brodie-Sangsterwho played the lovestruck kid in Love Actually as well as Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones is also a part of the series
8) The set designs are a period piece feast for the eyes.
The Queen’s Gambit is set during the Cold War era of the mid-1950s into the late-1960s, and the show’s set design is rich with detail when it comes to evoking its temporal setting.
9) Anya’s performance is matched by an ingenious wardrobe.
The show is matched by a custom-made wardrobe, masterminded by Berlin-based costume designer Gabriele Binder, which holds myriad hidden messages. From the bespoke ‘beat generation’ T-shirts to Beth Harmon’s signature checks, you’re definitely getting impressed by the show’s costume designers.
10) It’s all about the mental game of chess
The Queen’s Gambit is about a lot of things — finding your own family in the world, struggling with addiction, the pursuit of greatness at all costs — but it’s really about chess. There’s so much chess, in fact, that you just might be inspired to get into chess yourself. Isn’t picking up a new hobby great? The speed chess games shown in the series are jaw-droppingly real. You might as well pause to understand the game, but it’s hard when you want to stay with the story as well.
The Queen’s Gambit directed by Scott Frank has Anya Taylor-Joy as the lead cast and also features Bill Camp, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling. The seven-episodes series can be streamed on Netflix