The queen’s bet: on and off the set | Features

Beth discovers that the drugs allow her to conjure up chess games on her ceiling. The scenes are ingeniously shot as Beth visualizes winning moves on imaginary chessboards. Nevertheless, drug addiction and his eventual alcoholism are habits that jeopardize his talent and his purpose. It’s been a long time before she can give up what she thinks she needs in order to win, which is really holding her back.

That’s as she walks through the park in the final scene, dressed in monochrome white from the top of her crown-shaped hat to the tip of her white boots, the queen of the board. She has just triumphed in a deeply respectful confrontation on foreign soil with an adversary whose language she has taken the trouble to learn. The American Queen defeated the Russian King of the match. Borgov, defeated, but smiling in admiration, kisses Beth’s hand.

This moment is exhilarating and maybe a little bit fantastic, but feels deserved. While the series may have played down the sexism of the times and the chess world, Taylor-Joy’s intensity and focus makes the overwhelming psychological and emotional pressure of the game palpable, especially for her as a woman. , along with the discipline and mental acuity to play it. She did the job. And she took help when needed.

Beth Jolene’s friend (Moses Ingram) and the show’s only great black character come to her aid. This even more marginalized outside desire to put their own goals on hold in order to fund Beth’s gambit and mount an 11e The hour-long intervention is a testament to the strength of female friendships at the intersection of race and power.

As for all the defeated men who end up teaming up to help him beat Borgov, is such humanity too hard to imagine? Remember that Beth had an extraordinary intimacy with all of these adversaries; she studied them and they studied her, even the romantic partners she so desired and wanted her. The bottom line here is that women and men have to move forward together to win. It will be more productive if the men open the doors instead of waiting for the women to knock them down. What if there aren’t enough seats at the table? Women can do what Shirley Chisholm recommended: “Bring a folding chair.”

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