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Last updated Nov. 2020
I watched the series over the last 2 nights.
For me, an oddity - it falls into no category or genre that I would normally watch.
As usual, I gave the first episode a couple of minutes to captivate or bore and, 30 minutes later, I was still watching.
The series is based on a novel of the same name and, more or less, sticks to the plot, which is nothing if not predictable. However, the actors are, mostly, well-cast and very watchable. Anya Taylor-Joy as the older Beth Harmon is extraordinarily attractive and believable, carrying the film’s plot with apparent ease. Sets and locations seemed accurate to me and there were few anachronisms. If anything, the series is a coming-of-age drama and encapsulates some of the issues from the '60’s and '70’s. Chess, obviously, plays a major part in the movie but there is no requirement to understand the game.
Most of the clichés (and there aren’t many) are kept for the finale and the series proved an enjoyable experience. Sex is kept to a minimum and swearing is sparsely used in context.