Review of Netflix’s THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT

“I lived in your chess game, but you changed the rules every day.” -Taylor Swift, “Dear John.”

Beth is a loveable protagonist. She is motivated by the desire to be the best she can be. She strives to produce the highest quality work, the purest art. There is nothing she loves more than the game of chess: the game of the mind, the game of strategy. Beth Harmon embodies what it means to truly be great: She is hard-working, she is pure, and she is refined. But her journey to greatness is impeded by an outsider, corrupted by impurity and crude mutiny. 

The obstacles Beth faces are embodied by a group of immature, silly little boys; rooks if you will. Insignificant, weak, and small. They hide behind fake names, but what are they afraid of? Are they afraid that if their identities were to be discovered, that all their credibility would be lost? That their futile attempts at intimidation would have been for nothing? But truth prevails, greatness prevails, and the beautiful soul of Beth Harmon prevails. 

The Queen’s Gambit is worthy of five stars. It is a story of overcoming adversity, conquering challenges, and prevailing with a pure heart, a pure mind, and pure motivation.