The Crown is a standout and stylish Netflix series which focuses on the life of our Queen Elizabeth and her life, as she takes on the responsibility of monarchy. The show is not only a fantastic retelling of life during 20th Century Britain but also gives insight into the goings-on behind the closed doors of Buckingham Palace. Netflix certainly went big with this series with some sites reporting it cost the streaming service around $130 million dollars to create!
In this 10-part series, Claire Foy and Matt Smith fantastically bring to life a younger Queen Elizabeth and Phillip who, as a young couple, are unexpectedly swept into the limelight. The crown itself becomes a test for Elizabeth, who is not only the Queen but a mother, wife, sister and daughter. In a world where everything is predetermined and decided for her, she struggles to balance the duties of ruling and the duties of familial life. The Royals are so often shown in a noble and iconic light, but The Crown reminds us that the Windsors are real people too.
Is The Crown Fact Or Fiction?
Most of what happens in The Crown is based on true historical events. The series documents well-known events such as the abdication of Edward VIII, the stay in the treetop lodge for Elizabeth and Phillip and there’s plenty of political ongoings with the inclusion of Winston Churchill and his cabinet. In may instances, you’ll often find yourself knowing what’s going to happen before the characters do! However, Peter Morgan and fellow show writers work to delve a little deeper into the life of the royal family.
Whilst we will never know the full story of what happens in the day-to-day lives of the Royals, the show paints a picture of them as their own characters with their own interesting tales and troubles. Whilst we shouldn’t take some of the more intimate conversations and exchanges as truth, I think we should also respect that these character portraits haven’t just been pulled out of thin air. I love how the show skirts between fact and fiction, playing with our familiarity with characters whilst shedding them in a totally new light.
So, is The Crown Any Good?
I think regardless of your interest in modern history, I’d say The Crown is a pretty compelling watch. It’s certainly not an action-packed thriller, but in terms of a character study, this show gets top marks from me. I felt the whole cast excelled themselves in bringing such well-known figures to life, but John Lithgow as Winston Churchill was pretty epic. Some Churchill representations fall down the route of caricature and cliché, but Lithgow’s representation felt true, respectful and compelling.
The Crown is still a very binge-able series as its pretty easy to get invested in. Life as a royal is all glistening and golden. The pain of duty is felt by many figures from the Queen Mother to Princess Margaret, but, for me, this only instills a greater respect for these figures. The perseverance and patriotism shown by the family members, especially Elizabeth, do make you consider what she has given up for her position. Amongst the trials and tribulations our Queen and country face, we feel Elizabeth’s pain as, without fault, the crown always comes first.
There’s my review of The Crown. An epic and well-rounded series, I can’t believe it didn;t win any awards at the BAFTAs! From what we know so far, The Crown will return for another series, but we may see a new cast as we view a different chapter in the lives of the Royals. I’m certain looking forward to seeing The Crown season 2!