Chess: a two player board game of abstract tactics and critical thinking strategies. In The Queen’s Gambit (2020) orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon struggles in her journey to become one of the world’s greatest chess players. Directed by Scott Frank, the film stars Anya Taylor Joy as Beth Harmon, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Jacob Fourtune-Lloyd, Bill Camp and Christiane Seidel. YouTuber Elliot from the channel Movie Files shares his thoughts on the Netflix miniseries based on the 1983 novel of the same name by author Walter Tevis.
I felt the development of our main character Beth… was just so well done. It took its time in showing us who she was as an 8-year-old orphan. How she became an orphan. We see how she becomes a chess player. How she falls in love with the game and becomes obsessed with it … we also see the clear tragedies of her experience of being a young girl.
The YouTuber praises the film's ability to create an authentic character development and coming of age story for this young girl in her quest to become the world's top chess player. Elliot gives much praise to Anya Taylor-Joy’s portrayal of Beth citing her as one of today’s best working young actresses giving a stellar performance.
This is her best performance that I’ve ever seen of her young career and this is just one of many things that I’m looking forward to seeing her do. But I thought that this was an Emmy nominated type of performance.
Being unfamiliar with the sport of Chess, the film goes into very fine details of the history of the game, moves and strategies and presents it to the audience in a very informative, palatable and entertaining way, according to the YouTuber.
A fantastic story that kept me engaged the entire time says Elliot.
YouTuber Elliot from Movie Files, rates and reviews new movies and TV shows on his channel regularly.