As per the Netflix website’s series description: This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby.
I’ve always been intrigued by the British royal family and the figurehead who is not only Britain and (modern) Canada’s longest reigning monarch, but also the longest-reigning queen regnant in history, and the world’s oldest reigning monarch. I always found it fascinating how she ushered in new technological advancements emerging from her younger years (such as when she had her marriage to Prince Phillip broadcast on the radio), into her television-broadcasted coronation, all the way into later adulthood and the present times (as with her annual televised Christmas broadcasts, which were initially done live). The royal family has increasingly “modernized” themselves it seems, keeping the traditions of the monarchy and partnering them with the views and norms of today. Of course, understanding the roots of this goes quite far back. This is where Netflix’s The Crown comes in: a visual representation — undoubtedly with fictional elements to it — of how the modern day monarchy came to be.
The costumes and setting were both phenomenal and, as far as I could tell, very much accurate to the time period that it’s set in. The actors and actresses selected also closely resemble the figures that they are portraying, adding to the realism of the series.
Moreover, I thought the acting was very good in this; the characters all elicited empathy from the viewer, which often leaves you feeling at odds with yourself. Because of this, you truly get a better understanding of Queen Elizabeth and the internal struggle she faced when attempting to balance matters of the state and her personal life that did not smoothly coincide. Nothing is truly a spoiler because this is based off of historical events that really occurred, but you nevertheless feel the excitement; agitation; and desperation that the real-life drama being enacted on the screen emanates. Sometimes when you want the best for a particular character, it comes at the expense of another character that you love’s happiness… Not so different from real life, right?
Overall, I definitely would recommend this series, and give it 4.5/5 stars.
Have you watched The Crown? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments!