Every week, Netflix releases something new. In fact, so much fresh content is reaching the streaming service that it's difficult to keep up, and even some of the best Netflix shows fall under the radar.
One of those may have been The Queen's Gambit, which stars Split and New Mutants actor Anya Taylor-Joy as the orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon who aspires to be a champion at the game. Now, we agree, a series about a wannabe chess champion told over seven hour-long episodes may not exactly sound tantalising, but that's not the case.
Taylor-Joy plays "one of the year’s most fascinating TV characters," claims Time (opens in new tab), while IndieWire (opens in new tab) describes the limited-series from Godless writer-director, Scott Frank, as an "exception" compared to other chess-featuring shows and movies.
"Frank’s second limited series is another risk and another unexpected charmer," the review continues. "To say the actors’ steal the show is both true and a tad flippant toward the measured work from every department that makes these seven episodes sing. Time will tell if viewers young and old will appreciate The Queen’s Gambit, but they absolutely should."
Social media has also been filled with posts from viewers discovering the new Netflix series. "The Queen’s Gambit had me all in," writes one user. "This unassuming, well-written series possess all the elements of a good ol’ Netflix binge."
The Queen’s Gambit had me all in! So much so, that the likelihood of me seeing this gem in its entirety again is high. This unassuming, well-written series possess all the elements of a good ol’ Netflix binge.#QueensGambit @netflix pic.twitter.com/ZwFwv6t0IlOctober 27, 2020
The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix is worth a watch. Production quality is outstanding and the story is interesting.October 26, 2020
The Queen’s Gambit is fucking amazing. Gosh!October 27, 2020
The Queen’s Gambit is one of the best shows i’ve seen this year. the limited series offers a unique approach to it’s story, an interesting cinematography and the captivating anya taylor-joy. it succeeds at making chess feel intense and beautiful. perfect all the way through. pic.twitter.com/kouZx31qanOctober 26, 2020
The queen’s gambit is sooo goodOctober 26, 2020
Go watch The Queen's Gambit on Netflix pleaseeee it is sooooo good!October 26, 2020
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