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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ce24, Dec 3, 2020.
The Queens Gambit on Netflix is pretty cool!
Brilliant series and story. Superbly acted.
Agreed/+1! Very well made mini-series with a talented actress as the lead. I highly recommend regardless of interest in chess.
Honey and I really liked it.
Real hit or miss with Netflix, but they did a pretty good job with this show.
Slight disagreement in that even if you don't like chess (like me) the Queens Gambit is still pretty awesome! Great characters, lavish sets and costumes, and fantastic acting all around -- probably one of my favorite shows of the year.
The choice of music was great and very evocative of the era(s) too. Special props to the use of the brilliant “Tut tut tut tut (Busy Signal)” by Gillian Hills.
Damn good! Finished it a few weeks ago. We are watching "The Crown" right now and it's amazing! I never thought I would like it, having seen all the hoop la about the Monarchy over the years. But it's super well done.
We don't play chess, or really have an active interest in it besides recognizing the talent it takes.
Still, we both really liked that series. Very much worth watching.
My wife and I really liked it but ...
Spoiler: Spoiler warning about last episode!
I thought the last episode was a bit too "feel good" -- all Beth's friends come together to help her win as she stays off the booze and pills.
Yeah, I don't think you even have to know much about chess to like it. I have a chess board and know how the pieces move around and can play a game, but I don't know anything about tournament chess or the clocks or openings, defenses, famous games, etc. It's the basic Karate Kid story or Rocky or whatever...you don't have to actually know karate or have ever boxed to enjoy it.
I would love to watch it once it comes out on something tangible as I do not have internet at my home. Subscribing to streaming services is not cost effective when you do not have access to them all the time, which is the point of buying a subscription. We were told we would have internet 15-years ago...still don't have it...nice to see somethings are still as effective as ever.
We’d let you watch, we would invite you, but the queens WE use would not excite you.
The Today Show did a big spread on it last week, with super neat graphics and the reporter standing on a huge chess board with pieces. Both the graphic and the large chess board had a black square on the right hand corner.
We felt like the character didn't really have a journey; she didn't really learn anything in the course of the story. One article I read called it "competence porn." And she encounters absolutely no sexism or harassment ever, which in the 1960s would be completely unrealistic.
But it's unfair to pick nits like that. The show gets most of the details right, and they had Gary Kasparov oversee all the actual chess. A lot of the games are actual historic games that were played between masters.
"So you'd better go back to your bars...your temples....your massage parlors...."
There have been probably 10 threads about this show on all the guitar forums I frequent. I liked it more than my wife but I have a thing for redheads.
I don't, but the actor isn't a redhead, if that matter to you: Anya Taylor-Joy.
I think when they make movies that follow this storyline, they pick something that will have visual appeal. In this case it was chess, but they could have had her be good at swimming or whatever. I also think they are trying for general appeal, and not just targeting a chess nerd audience. Honestly, the less you know about chess, maybe the better. I have a feeling that if you were like president of the chess club then you would find all sorts of stupid/inaccurate things about it. So really, it's almost not even about chess.
In the show my friend.