Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Crown - Season 01

Sharon and I finished watching the first season of The Crown on Netflix. The show is a biographical story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The first season covers the period from her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 to the disintegration of her sister Princess Margaret's engagement to Peter Townsend and Winston Churchill resigning as Prime Minister in 1955.

The series is intended to last 60 episodes over six seasons, with 10 one-hour episodes per season. New actors are being cast every two seasons. The first two seasons star Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.

It has received several accolades, including winning Best Actress and Best Actor at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards for Foy and Lithgow, respectively, and receiving thirteen nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.

Sharon and I have both enjoyed the series. I recommend it, but have a couple of nagging issues. While the show accurately portrays a number of historical events, I wonder about the real nature of the relationship between Elizabeth and Philip. Additionally, while Lithgow's performance as Churchill has been lauded, he physically doesn't fit the part. I really enjoyed Gary Oldman's performance as Churchill in the recent Darkest Hour.

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