What is the story about?
The first seasons deals with events from Queen Elizabeth II 's life, especially her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It also deals with Elizabeth II becoming the head of one of the oldest monarchies in the world and also forming a friendship with the much dominating and ruthless Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Churchill.
The Crown is one of the most fascinating shows ever made on web. Clair Foy's Elizabeth II is married to Matt Smith's Philip. Elizabeth II over the years has proven to be a formidable face when it comes to world politics. The Queen has witness world wars, famines, the rise and fall of empires and the formation of new countries. Conspiracy theories apart, Elizabeth lives a life shrouded in mystery. Yet, The Crown gives us an inside peek of what may have been the life of the alluring enigma, Elizabeth. Her grandmother warns her that hers will be a fight of heart v/s mind, yet The Crown must always win. Elizabeth II had her share of controversies, yet The Crown is an engrossing watch. It offers a look into the life of a young monarch in season 1 who has enemies outside and inside her palace. Power can be claustrophobic and has ruined the best of men, yet Elizabeth has outshone them all. The show captures key moments in history that changed the political discourse not just in India, but in the world. The lavish life, they say is truly alluring and seductive, but once it captures you...there is no way out of it.
The performances in The Crown has been simply outstanding. No wonder, Claire Foy bagged the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2018. Clair Foy in season 1 of The Crown has put forth a splendid performance as the young Elizabeth II. Doll-like blue brimming with innocence, yet turning decisive and firm when it comes to ruling Britain. The show has excellent casting right from the supporting characters to Prince Philip, yet it is the role of John Lithgow as the menacing Prime Minister, Winston Churchill who outshines everyone.
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One of the reasons why the show became a runway hit is due to the fact how the makers paid close details to history. The show has been praised worldwide for reenacting historical events with great accuracy. However, some instances may have been overly dramatised for sensational viewing. The costume and make-up departments deserve praise for recreating the bygone era and adding to the cinematic masterpiece, that The Crown is.
The show provides a nuanced look at the life of the monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
The pacing of the show is a bit slow. It could have had more episodes of shorter durations.
Did I enjoy it?
I loved every bit of it. For someone who loves historical and period dramas, this show is a gem.
Do I recommend it?
Go for it. It might not be an easy or light watch, but is definitely binge-worthy.