• Katherine J. Espin

The Crown - Show Review


How do I begin to tell you how amazing this show is? Okay. If you are at all into the life of royalty, biographies, a good quality production that feels like a movie, and if you love to see what happens when a young female ascends to the throne and gets to rule a country, this may be the show for you!

I had previously heard good things about The Crown, and had only watched one episode last year. Couldn't continue with it, due to a full time student schedule, but I have been meaning to get back to it. Once I saw the Trailer for the new season that comes out on Netflix, November 15th, I could not believe my eyes! Princess Diana enters the scene and joins that family. I did not know they had made it to that point in the story. I love Princess Diana! I did what everyone does after receiving news of a good show season soon to come out. I binged it. I was able to get through the first three seasons on Netflix, in 2-3 weeks. No shame. The episodes are a healthy drama length of about 40-50 minutes-ish. The Crown seasons 1-2 cover the 1950's through 1960's. Season 3 picks up from 1964 and 1977.

There are many things that keep me engaged as a viewer. 1) The characters (acting, performance, character arc), 2) The story, 3) The visuals (cinematography, composition of shots, etc.), 4) The music, and 5) The Direction and execution of all of these.

I was first intrigued by the performance of Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth. I can't imagine what it would be like to portray a current living Queen. I would feel both honored and slightly terrified. I personally thought, she did a marvelous job. She carried her character for two seasons and I was in love with her journey and how she was able to handle all the chaos that came her way. The other actors that are worth mentioning due to their wonderful performance as the story unfolded, were Matt Smith (Duke of Edinburgh), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret) and John Lithgow (Winston Churchill).

With seasons 3, some time has passed by and we have a new line of casting with older portrayals of our previous actors. Spearheading the show as Queen Elizabeth is the wonderful Olivia Colman, followed by Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh, and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. A much older version of Prince Charles is presented, played by Josh O'Connor. If you loved Game of Thrones, prepare to see Charles Dance as he plays Louis Mountbatten. Yes, this whole new cast, delivers! Their performances are captivating and leave you wanting more. The coming of Season 4 will introduce the new Prime Minister played by Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher, and 'The People's Princess', Princess Diana played by Emma Corrin.

In the new upcoming season, the story unfolds more of the struggles that will take the Queen and a female Prime Minister coming into power as it will be difficult for the country to accept two female leaders in power. The other struggle the family will have to face, is when someone who is considered "common" is about to join the family, and marry not just anyone--but the future King of England. This of course will be no easy feat, considering what had to be done with Camilla, Charles' recent love interest. From the looks of the trailer, it will be showcasing a lot of what Diana had to go through mentally, and how the Royal Family would be seen as the whole world watches. I wonder how far the producers and directors are willing to go in showing private moments during this time, that many other documentaries have not already shown.

Can't wait to hear more of the show's soundtrack and music coming from the amazing Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson Williams. Peter Morgan will be the main writer again for Season 4, so this should be extremely exciting. The costumes are another thing I am looking forward to. After seeing the fashion they always try to include; Diana's ensemble pieces, and especially that gorgeous and iconic Bridal gown the posters have been showcasing, is something that has been circling social media for quite some time.

The long awaited Season 4 will be premiering November 15th on Netflix.