"The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

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"The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby GoogaMooga » 28 Oct 2020, 05:27

NOW STREAMING: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020, Netflix) -- the new mini-series "The Queen's Gambit", which premiered on Netflix on October 23, was trending as #2 in Denmark today. So I thought I'd give it a go, it being only a mini-series. I believe we have a hit on our hands - it's absolutely riveting from the git go, with great performances all around, and interesting subject matter that really comes alive like never before, the royal game of chess. It's the fictional story of a nine year old prodigy at a strict girls' orphanage, who befriends a grumpy, reclusive janitor in order to learn about chess. If you think that sounds dull, wait till you see the skillful, fluid camerawork in the series. It draws you in and never lets go. Top marks.
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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Hightea » 02 Nov 2020, 20:13

only on the third episode but loving it. The girl has been excellent and the other acting too. great sets and excellent facial expressions and dialog.

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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby pcqgod » 06 Nov 2020, 01:14

This is the third time I've seen a recommendation of this show today. Sounds intriguing.
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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Sam Stone » 06 Nov 2020, 05:45

Based on a book written by the late Walter Tevis who also wrote the Hustler so I’m in.

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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby The Prof » 06 Nov 2020, 15:21

Watched the first one last night and really enjoyed it.

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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Rorschach » 07 Nov 2020, 15:31

I'd mostly heard that it was a bit rubbish, but fun. Maybe I'll have to watch it and come up with my own opinion for a change.
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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby The Prof » 07 Nov 2020, 15:34

I dunno if fun is the right word but it is somehow engaging.

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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Sam Stone » 11 Nov 2020, 16:10

Sam Stone wrote:Based on a book written by the late Walter Tevis who also wrote the Hustler so I’m in.



WT also wrote The Man Who Fell to Earth.

First three eps of QG are very, very good.

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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Neil Jung » 12 Nov 2020, 10:12

We watched episode 1 last night. Will definitely keep watching.
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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 12 Nov 2020, 10:14

Hightea wrote:great sets and excellent facial expressions and dialog.


It certainly has that magical '60's dust' (© Lee Mavers) which makes the whole thing look fabulous.

It also has the little drummer boy out of Love Actually in it which is a bit of a visual ear-worm (would that be an eye-worm then?) when watching it.
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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Sam Stone » 12 Nov 2020, 16:25

Tom Waits For No One wrote:
It also has the little drummer boy out of Love Actually in it which is a bit of a visual ear-worm (would that be an eye-worm then?) when watching it.




The little drummer boy out of Volker Schlöndorff's Tin Drum would have been better

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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Hightea » 13 Nov 2020, 01:26

Rorschach wrote:I'd mostly heard that it was a bit rubbish, but fun. Maybe I'll have to watch it and come up with my own opinion for a change.

The last episode was a bit over the top.

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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby soundchaser » 17 Nov 2020, 11:02

Yes, we’re really enjoying this, up to episode 4 at the moment. My wife doesn’t play chess, so is a bit puzzled at the moves. Not spoiling her enjoyment though.

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Re: "The Queen's Gambit" (2020)

Postby Rorschach » 17 Nov 2020, 11:34

It's been praised for it's realistic chess matches but that's not how it strikes me. In the first couple of episodes a match would end when one player moved a rook to take the opposition queen or would pull out a check mate move, and the loser would look shocked.
Any half decent player would have seen those moves coming.

Apart from that, I'm enjoying it.
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