Who would’ve thought that chess could be this suspenseful and thrilling? The Queen’s Gambit follows the journey of Elizabeth Harmon as she’s going through her rise to stardom as a prodigy chess player. What has this show shown is that Anya Taylor-Joy is an absolute queen on screens. Her performance has far surpassed all of my expectations. A lot of the angles where there’s only her and us peering through her sorrows, angers or determinations are the scenes that I love the most.
Another poignant message in this show is how women were treated in those times. The fact that she’s the only girl in a room of men playing chess speaks volumes about the gender roles. Beth Harmon has made a few remarks on the injustice she’s faced as a woman but it never truly go deeper than that.
Besides the amazing costumes this show features, it also has a nice little spy movie touch to it from all of her traveling from Mexico to Paris. The soundtrack is absolutely marvelous as well as we see Beth Harmon sings and dances and enjoy life but also as we see her falls into depression and sorrow, the music was always the tool to complete her emotions.