Anya Taylor-Joy is, of course, stunning. I could watch her endlessly, and I just did. This is a near perfect series: one season and done (hopefully). It’s the perfect length for a book. I did guess at a couple of plot sign posts, but, equally, I was surprised at the dancing directions.
There was a hint of a Bobby Fischer homage. Somebody must have seen Pawn Sacrifice as well, which is a primer for making a board game tense and nerve-wracking. It’s a madness/substance-abuse drama, and the writing is sharp, fully adult. I would call this one of the best series I’ve watched in a long time, and I’m late in reviewing Mandolorian, among others.
The thing about Anya, which we finally realized in Thoroughbreds, was how intense and focused she can be. She’s really my favorite actress right now.
The Queen’s Gambit is an idealized story about the 1960s and women breaking out of the domestic rut. In that regard, it does exaggerate somewhat, approaching fantasy. The tight plotting does add a bit of magic, as she is on a whirlwind ride of sorts. Definitely a must-see.