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    She should win the Emmy for playing a girl from 13 to 22 years old SO CONVINCINGLY

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    If there was a SAG ensemble award for Limited Series the show should be win competitive for that. Of course Anya is the standout but I found the way Brodie-Sangster, Melling, Ingram etc portray their character changes quite convincing as well. And of course Heller and Camp were excellent and I thought they were the MVPs of their episodes (it was Camp for 1 for me, Heller for 2 and then Heller/Taylor-Joy as a tie for the next two and then Taylor-Joy for the rest). But yeah it’s time for Anya to win a major award before she gets that inevitable Oscar nomination. Imagine being as accomplished and talented as she 9s at that young an age.

    Yeah she have FOUR upcoming movies. She needs an Oscar nomination asap

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    Obsessed

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    Damn near finished this in a single night, and in retrospect, I think that’s because this plays more like a film than a TV show. It is pretty bold to start out with the first episode not featuring any of the main cast, but it sets the story that takes off in episode two. I imagine any other show would try to weave that story in via flashbacks, but it ultimately works just telling a linear story. That said, it takes some time for the show to get going but by the end of the second episode, you can see the show begin to take shape and by episode three, it is firing on all cylinders. All of this being said, I really enjoyed this and thought it was an extremely entertaining and eye-popping achievement. First and foremost, the production values were insane. The sets, the costumes, the editing…what a visual treat! The score was fantastic, especially in the last episode. The direction from Scott Frank was bold and visually captivating, and the writing was a perfect slow burn that culminated in a finale that really tied together the threads in a thoughtful and entertaining way. That finale was like the final forty minutes in an crowdpleasing Oscar-bait film in the BEST way. The ensemble was really good, even though most of the cast really was popping in and out of the story but their impact was felt and when they’d disappear and come back, it never felt like there was a missed beat. The headline here though is Anya Taylor-Joy. ANYA TAYLOR-JOY! My God, she is brilliant here. So much has been said already in her career about those expressive eyes, but they’re played to such great effect here and she runs the gamut of emotions. There is such subtle growth in her performance as she ages and she evolves so beautifully from this awkward and peculiar teenager to a commanding woman with such presence and poise. I know that you can make the argument that she’s already had her breakthrough performance, so maybe we call this her star-making performance. I mean, this should really shoot her into the upper pantheon of actresses of her generation. I will be thinking about this performance for quite a while, and I’m glad that the show and Anya Taylor-Joy are getting the recognition they deserve.

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    I agree with everything that was written in this thread. What a fantastic show. Taylor-Joy is gonna be huge and Heller – what a delightful surprise her performance was.

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    I agree with everything that was written in this thread. What a fantastic show. Taylor-Joy is gonna be huge and Heller – what a delightful surprise her performance was.

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    Has Heller ever had any major acting credits? Her skill here was really exceptional. Really hope we get to see more of her on screen as well as behind

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    I’m two episodes in and hooked. During the first episode, I thought it was well-made but took a little too long to get where it was going, but by the final sequence with Beth trying to steal the “vitamins”, I was in. Trying to take this one in slowly to tide me over until The Crown.

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    I am surprised by all the hype and praise surrounding this show that has in the end, absolutely nothing to say, whether it be about its central character or her place during that time. It was painfully mediocre in both its storytelling and ambition, something which became abundantly clear around the middle of its run. Yet, it still somehow manages to underwhelm in the second half with its predictability and  shallowness.

    You have ‘tragic’ incidents happen to give some weight to this otherwise remarkably uninteresting lead but it’s all just for show, without any real consequence or purpose for the character. The mother’s backstory especially accentuated the show’s laziness and its overall intention. They want their lead to struggle, to be complex and have complex relationships but they want to do all this without putting in any real effort. The clippings scene and its set up, for example, feels contrived and cheap because of how transparent they are with it. Topics of identity, alcoholism, addiction, trauma are all treated with extreme superficiality.

    The characterisations lack depth and so do most of the performances. The only one that went beyond what their material allowed them to do and actually impressed me was Bill Camp. Wouldn’t mind seeing him get some recognition. Anya Taylor-Joy is good enough but I could name at least half a dozen people that were far better this year and it’d be a shame if they lose to her for this at the winter awards. Heller was unremarkable imo and I doubt she happens anywhere major. There’s nothing noteworthy about any of the other performances for me to dwell upon so there’s that.

    All in all, another expensive but empty offering from Netflix that can easily be skipped.

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    Still with the show stuck in my head, I think I am rewatching, it’s just that good.

    For Your Emmy Consideration:
    Matthew Rhys for "Perry Mason" as Leading Actor in a Drama Series
    Ethan Hawke for "The Good Lord Bird" as Leading Actor in a Limited Series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD in ALL CATEGORIES.
    Elizabeth Olsen and Kathryn Hahn for "Wandavision" as Leading and Supporting actress in Limited Series
    Tobias Menzies for "The Crown" as Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
    MJ Rodriguez for "Pose" as Leading Actress in a Drama Series.

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    This show was so well done. I had no idea this was coming out, went into it completely blind and was pleasantly surprised. The way they wrote, directed and shot the chess sequences were masterful. Anya Taylor Joy did a great job of selling those scenes. The supporting cast, particularly Heller and Camp were great. Definitely one of the better made shows I have seen this year.
    I also loved how nuanced the darker issues were in the show. It felt like every single character has a dark past you could do a deep dive into but the writers restrained themselves from doing so and focused solely on Beth. It felt authentic to life because we often do not see things that do not affect us directly. That being said I did think they could have explored Beth’s addiction more. Most of it was superficial

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    The show has been praised on twitter and Anya is getting so much praised. Reminds me of when normal people was released early this year and became a sleeper hit.

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    I finally started watching Queen’s Gambit and boy did this one surprise me – in an excellent way. The ending was perfect although it made me sad. I wanted to continue my journey with Beth, a beautifully flawed character. I wanted to see what was next for her, but it’s probably best that the series ends after the lone season. I can’t see it getting any better than this. LOVED THIS ONE!

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    Looks like I’ll be watching this with someone before too long, but I just wanted to check what people think of Bill Camp. I always liked him and I’d be happy if he’s got a good role here.

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    The fact that this show have a score of 8,9 on IMDB with more than 40 000 votes in less than 2 weeks speaks for itself. It’s incredible!

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    JLC

    Emmys FYC | Alan Tudyk in “Resident Alien” | Billie Piper in “I Hate Suzie” | Ego Nwodim in “Saturday Night Live” | Kaley Cuoco in “Harley Quinn” | “Dickinson” | “P-Valley” | “Pose” | “Superstore”

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