The casting for this series has been good. But, the further I get into each episode, the more I wonder just how accurate is this storyline. Why would I be concerned about that? I love history and I feel a deeper connection with European and Northern Scandinavian history than some other parts of the world.
The monarchy of Great Britain certainly is old. The passage of time causes endless change to all sorts of things....including the governance model.
As it relates to this series, though, at a minimum the audience can see the depths of manipulation that either the King or Queen had to deal with in their lives. The way children were brought up, the use of certain boarding schools to educate the children of the wealthy and yet Elizabeth (because of her gender) was not afforded the same level of education.
Anyway, if the majority of what the storyline is portraying is accurate, it is saddening to say the least. And, I can certainly understand why Harry and Megan decided to leave.
A shocking season of scandal and intrigue.
The Crown continues its impeccable run of political turmoil, familial scandal, and marital duress. The direction of every episode on honestly peerless. You will be hard pressed to find a better looking show. Gorgeous panning shots down historic halls adorned with every imaginable decoration. Lovely dresses and detailed costumes meet fancy sets and exotic settings. Hans Zimmer's theme is as haunting as some of the brilliant plot reveals and honest dialogue.
Claire Foy is the real star. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II is phenomenal. Her steadfast nature and tolerance for the endless string of infidelity and insurrection is like gazing at an immovable star. Foy depicts her kindness, jealousy, earnestness, strength, courage, and perseverance with equal measure and grace. The Crown offers an honest take on the incredible life of the Queen. You see her struggles and triumphs alike. I find their portrayal brutally open and honest whereas another series might have resorted to simple flattery. Foy is one to watch for future greatness. I loved her acting and will sorely miss her in Season 3.
Matt Smith is wonderful as Prince Phillip as I now absolutely despise the man. This would amount to character assassination if it were not true. The Queen Consort's unending adultery and cruelty is shocking as a viewer to the point where Philip feels like the villain of The Crown. I may never be able to look at Philip the same way ever again.
Finally, I must mention the excellent and sultry Vanessa Kirby is just lovely as Princess Margaret. The pain and suffering she endured comes flying across the screen thanks to Kirby's emotive acting. I really like her in this role.
In all, you must watch The Crown. It's better than everyone's been saying. Claire Foy also certainly deserved that Best Actress Emmy.
Great show! Highly recommend for anyone who loves biographical and historical shows!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Great show. Fantastic cast and storytelling. I find myself fact checking throughout the episodes, and I’m learning things I didn’t know about history...you won’t be disappointed...until you have to wait for next season!!!