If you’re like me, searching for another interesting scrap of media to consume after an incredibly stressful election week, I recommend watching Netflix’s miniseries drama The Queen’s Gambit.
When I first came across the show, I was skeptical. The Queen’s Gambit revolves primarily around the world of competitive chess, and I found myself wondering if chess could be truly entertaining enough to keep me hooked.
The writers of The Queen’s Gambit have thrown in several interesting sub-plots that contribute to the truly dramatic atmosphere of the show. The season opens with nine-year-old Beth Harmon, who was recently orphaned after her mother’s suicide. Beth is taken to a home for orphaned girls, where she meets a fellow orphan, Jolene, who is played by actress Moses Ingram.
Beth, during her time at the orphanage, is taught the game of chess by the orphanage’s janitor, Mr. Shaibel. She also began to develop an addiction of tranquilizer pills that follows her throughout her adulthood.
As the story progresses through the Cold War era, Beth quickly advances through the world of international chess-playing as she battles her addictions while simultaneously dealing with her own personal tragedies. Anya Taylor-Joy brings a particular realism to Beth Harmon’s conflicted character, and the remainder of the cast fits the story like a glove.
The Queen’s Gambit was originally adapted from its novel counterpart, written by Walter Tevis in the 1980s. The miniseries was directed by Scott Frank, and first released on October 23rd, 2020. Both the cast and director brings the story to life in a way that captivates the viewer for days on end, making it the perfect solution to your need for unique cinematic entertainment.