Sid V 🌪️’s review published on Letterboxd:
🧡 = Technical Merit (Direction | Writing | Cinematography | Acting | Production Design & Art Direction | Make-up, Costumes & Visual Effects | Musical Score)
🧡 = Personal Affect (Emotional Response & Resonance | Influence or Change in Perspective | Original Soundtrack)
Sorry for all the times I shat on your original content and suggested you couldn't produce your way out of a wet paper bag. I really meant it all those previous times, BUT Queen's Gambit, it turns out, is a shockingly balanced singular vision. Meticulously crafted, and undeniably moving.
I stand corrected and I appreciate you.
Anyway, just went and reinstalled that chess app I had deleted out of frustration a while ago now that I've watched Queen's Gambit. So what if I really dug this show?
Look for me there-- No_Flauws_69. I'll be roleplaying/ pretending to be a self-destructive redheaded 8-year-old orphan girl chess prodigy.
Not much of a review, I know, but it's been a long weekend and my brain is broken by all the bishops and the diagonals and the castling and shit. Just watch it. Even if you think chess is for nerds. It is. But this has Anya Taylor-Joy.
PS: I really loved the attention to detail that was given to the games being played. Grandmaster Garry Kasparov is credited as a consultant and it shows.
Also, Anya Taylor-Joy is just a revelation-- the multitude of layers she conveys in her portrayal of the complex Beth Harmon character is remarkable.