Placing apart the plain first: Beth Harmon is mesmerizing. You’ll be able to’t take your eyes off her. That flaming pink hair, these big chocolate-brown eyes.
At its core it’s a feel-good story, however a disturbing one, that’s cleverly arrange and acted out. Her habit to medicine seems to be deadly. We already know from the very first scene that she is headed for an epic fail in some unspecified time in the future in her profession. However will that be the top? – we’re left in suspense. In the meantime, we’re totally absorbed in a lovingly recreated interval piece the place the atmosphere, the decor, and particularly the garments Beth wears specific her character and the altering instances completely.
Looks like issues are going to finish badly for her it doesn’t matter what her preliminary success is. Her life is on a perpetual knife-edge, a high-tension recreation of chess. However whereas we’re ready for this to occur, she develops emotional self-awareness – primarily by means of the tender unstated touchless love between her and her adoptive mother. She enjoys the identical sudden help from a number of different characters – virtually all of them, the truth is, besides her schoolmates. We will’t see her as a “consumer”, as a result of she’s probably such a loser.
There’s a pivot level when she’s invited to affix a teen-girl social gathering. These schoolgirls had bullied her as an outsider, however now she has some standing from her early chess triumphs. They’re keen to embrace her and have interaction her in respectful dialog. Her little black costume is extra elegant and grown-up than what they’re sporting. Then a catchy music comes on the TV, and so they begin singing and dancing spontaneously. It’s an ideal scene.
She doesn’t have that sort of spontaneity – the truth is, it sort of horrifies her. She will be able to’t make sense of it. She flees the scene. We see later how their sort of teenage sensuality and keenness ends. She is simply too good, dispassionate, and pushed by ambition to be seduced by that – life is black and white for her. She nonetheless has her demons of drug and alcohol habit to slay earlier than she will grow to be an entire individual.