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    wolfali
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    Interesting thoughts on Anya TJ’s acting, forwardswill. I know she has said in interviews that Beth is very much in her own world, has major trust issues, and can’t see beyond her nose, and that this carries over into her adulthood. I observed great change as the character aged, but maybe that^ is where some of it could have been lost? I see what you mean about her being very perfectly packaged, so to speak. I think she has incredible precision–with her eyes, physicality, everything–and she really seems to be living in the moment, so I wasn’t bothered by what you’re describing. I really think she’s reminiscent of a lot of the stars of Hollywood past in that she is striking and you want to watch her, but she’s also a marvelous actor.

    Personally I thought Beth being perfectly packaged later on was an intentional choice. I remember reading an interview with Frank where he was talking about the costumes mentioning that Beth wears high class and model like clothing in order to subvert the idea of her being the “stereotypical secluded turned rebel girl”.

    But anyway that’s how I felt about it when it came to Taylor-Joy’s performance.

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    As an introvert myself, what I most appreciated about Taylor-Joy’s performance was that she completely captured, in every situation, the introvert’s struggle to adapt and open up just enough to get through the moment as it presents itself. It might be a bit awkward, but the intelligent introvert adjusts on the fly to find the comfort or gloss over the difficult.

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    The Queen’s Gambit now have more than 100 000 ratings on IMDB after FOUR weeks of release. Just to put into perspective, The Crown have 135 000 ratings after four season… it’s absolutely incredible

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    I’ve watched the first four episodes and I’m really enjoying it. Marielle Heller is amazing, never knew that she could act as well as direct.

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    PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN- Picture, Director, Actress, Screenplay

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    With the usual caveats about Netflix metrics, The Queen’s Gambit logged 62 million households in its first 28 days. It is now Netflix’s most successful limited series ever.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/netflix/status/1330903941706485761

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    Ok so I finished this pretty quickly. I can’t tell if I’m just not getting it or if the intense hype around this + the crazy viewership made me expect too much. This show was for sure good, but to me it really was not outstanding.

    I’ll start with what worked well: it moved really rapidly, episodes flew by, which I think iis a testament to Frank’s strong directing. The crafts were also top-notch. It’s a great ensemble with the standout being, yes, Marielle Heller, who is fantastic in a supporting role. I also quite enjoyed Bill Camp, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling and Moses Ingram.

    and then, my qualms. The show move’s fast and I was never bored, but I also didn’t really seem to get what it was building towards or even what the point was? I had assumed the series was based on a true story before watching, only to learn it was just a novel, and not to say that Harmon didn’t face obstacles throughout the series, but her genius/protege trajectory felt so easy and kinda lacking in any grit, like she was an adult Matilda. The sequence of it all felt so predictable, which is fine, but then is this anything more than a really well-made sports movie? I understand there is some beauty and subtlety in the journey of a lonely woman and finding family, but even that didn’t feel particularly inspired or new to me.

    And then, of course, there’s Taylor Joy, and I did not expect myself to feel the same as forwardswill after seeing all the praise for her performance, but I echo it wholeheartedly. Something about it just…doesn’t work for me. And perhaps bingeing Corrin last week made for an unfair comparison, but her internal work just didn’t really seem to come through. I will say she was growing on me by the end so maybe I’d feel better about the performance on a second watch.

    But, all that to say, I did like the show quite a bit, it’s just gonna hurt to see it beat I May Destroy You over the course of the season.

     

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    But, all that to say, I did like the show quite a bit, it’s just gonna hurt to see it beat I May Destroy You over the course of the season.

    I loved the show but I also agree I May Destroy was better and personally deserves the awards more.

     

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    I loved the show but I also agree I May Destroy was better and personally deserves the awards more.

    Me too.

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    And then, of course, there’s Taylor Joy, and I did not expect myself to feel the same as forwardswill after seeing all the praise for her performance, but I echo it wholeheartedly. Something about it just…doesn’t work for me. And perhaps bingeing Corrin last week made for an unfair comparison, but her internal work just didn’t really seem to come through. I will say she was growing on me by the end so maybe I’d feel better about the performance on a second watch.

    She is noticeably better (and has better material) in the final two episodes, which kind of won me over. But still, there are at least 10 performances eligible for limited lead actress at the globes which I found better than Anya’s.

    For Your Consideration:

    Best International Feature: Instinct (The Netherlands)
    Best Actress: Carice van Houten (Instinct)

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    One of the best series. It was refreshing to see a show that doesn’t have to push physical/sexual violence as a narrative. And the the production design? Just beautiful in every detail.

    ATJ’s performance was STUNNING! From an introvert+awkward to a confident mature woman, you could see her transformation in every episode. That’s what I call character development.  IMO the best  perrformance of the year.

    Also, a solid cast.

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    I zipped through this binge fairly quickly, and by the end, I genuinely wanted more episodes. Longstanding fan of savant/prodigy narratives and rousing sports films, so this was sorta up my alley from the beginning. I’ve never seen chess portrayed with such excitement and precision before now. Like I said previously, the range that Scott Frank displays from “Godless” to “The Queen’s Gambit” is genuinely baller status, and I hope the Emmys properly notice that high level of achievement in directing this fall. Anya Taylor-Joy had such a confidence and steeliness in this role that I couldn’t get enough of watching her, which should at least signal the arrival of a new & fascinating acting discovery. I was immediately drawn into Beth’s story, though maybe there was some “gilding the lily” going on with how perfectly put together she always was with her beautifully coifed red hair & perky period-style dresses. For a troubled, abandoned orphan battling alcoholism and pills addiction, I needed much more “grit” at times, and not saved until the penultimate episode before the stakes were raised and the reality of things finally set in–match losses, burning professional bridges, relationship woes, sickly pallor, etc. I know this wasn’t the “all’s well that ends well” glossy story that Frank & co. were trying to tell, but still. A different trajectory might have had Beth enter some kind of “facility” for medical help, reach a more defined rock bottom before giving in to a higher power and starting the long road to recovery, or the tragic, misunderstood star edit who sadly succumbs to her vices in the final five minutes.

    The supporting cast all had solid moments to shine, but the revelation here was Marielle Heller, who I thought only directed and didn’t act at all. I was devastated when her character died off, and I initially thought of Alma as a throwaway role or a clichéd abusive, adoptive mother. The relationship between Beth & Alma was at the core of this work, which really surprised me. Another great acting find was Moses Ingram, who gave me young Danielle Brooks realness as Jolene, Beth’s orphanage friend/confidante. It would have been nice to have more screentime for Jolene, since she brought a nice lift to every scene she was in playing either young or old. I know it wasn’t her series, but as the only diversity here really, I personally wanted to know how Jolene fared after Beth left the orphanage and how she was able to thrive afterwards. I liked the savvy and economical scene where Jolene loaned Beth the money to go to Moscow, basically saying that she’s not her “magical Negro,” but just loaning money to a friend in need that will be paid back later. The supporting men of Beth’s life were fine, I guess. Nothing I’d personally nominate, but I was probably most impressed with Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Benny, who kept Beth on her toes the most, intellectually speaking. Taylor-Joy should be good for Globes & maybe SAGs, but going up against heavyweights like Michaela Coel, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Kate Mara, etc., won’t be easy as the Emmy race becomes more challenging moving forward. Limited/anthology series > lead actress limited series, specifically. Heller making supporting actress would be so deserved. I doubt any supporting actor makes the cut, though Bill Camp is the most recognizable “name” of the men with the smallest part lol. A bigger “name” playing Borgov would have been ripe for a nomination, like Stellan Skarsgård, perhaps. Marcin Dorocinski isn’t known at all, but he was great in every scene he had, especially notable for not taking the ease route of portraying the big, bad Soviet & instead giving Borgov dimensions, humanity, & dignity. Highly recommended viewing regardless, with the standouts being Anya Taylor-Joy & Marielle Heller.

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