With some certainty, we can say that the female rulers of the United Kingdom are simply the best. The kings can suck it, women rule this country. Under the long rule of monarchs Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria the country flourished. There are many (some great, some not so much) films and tv series about them. But there is one queen to rule them all: Queen Elizabeth II, the longest ruling monarch in history of the UK. So it was about time there was a decent show about her. I give you: The Crown.
Ofcourse, Netflix is to the rescue by giving us yet another great show. Seriously, those guys are wizards when it comes to television. So let’s use their own synopsis:
The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.
The Crown is historically correct
We all know her, we all know some of her story. But we, the Netflix-generation if you will, weren’t even born when Queen Elizabeth II took the crown. Maybe some of our parents weren’t even born yet. So to see the first couple of years of Elizabeth’s marriage and rule is amazing, especially since The Crown is very historically correct when it comes to the events and the people living through those. Ofcourse, most dialogue is all written by screenwriters as we can’t possibly know what was said at the time, but in general, things went pretty much like The Crown depicts them. Though, let’s keep in mind that this still is a tv-series and there is a lot of dramatization.
This show made me pause it a lot and Google the hell out of it. ‘Was Philip really Greek royalty?’ ‘Was there really a thick fog in London that went on for days?’ ‘Who was Anthony Eden?’ ‘What’s the story of the portrait of Winston Churchill?’ ‘Was Princess Margaret really that fond of parties?’ and so on. I wanted to know everything. So watching The Crown not only gave me great pleasure while watching it, I also learned a great deal about the House of Windsor during the early 1950’s. I’m not sure what that knowledge will ever bring me, but still. Ask me about Group Captain Peter Townsend and I will tell you what happened to him.
Most expensive Netflix show
It’s said that The Crown cost £100 million pound to make, making it the most expensive Netflix show to date. That may sound strange since there are fairly no special effects, extreme make-up or other budget draining aspects. But keep in mind over 7000 historically correct costumes had to be made (including the wedding dress of Elizabeth), and a replica of Buckingham Palace was built. Also, most actors would need a coach for their accents, as the accents of the 50’s were different to modern English. Never did I think that the budget wasn’t worth it, but I also never thought it looked expensive.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: shows like this need to have the best cast. And The Crown has an amazing cast. Claire Foy surprisingly (but 100% deserved) won a Golden Globe this year and beat top names like Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld). Star of this first season is probably John Lithgow who puts on an incredible performance portraying Winston Churchill. But also Matt Smith as Philip Mountbatten, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Jared Harris as King George VI are great to watch on screen. I never knew Philip and Margaret were such interesting people.
Claire Foy takes The Crown for (at least) one more season
The Crown will make people look at Queen Elizabeth II in another way, as the first years of her reign were hard. The royal family did not help in any way during production or research. So far, no official statement has been made if they have seen it. I hope they will, as all ‘characters’ are well written and nobody is done injustice. The Crown will span a total of 6 seasons, ending in the here and now. Claire Foy will portray the Queen for at least one more season. It’s pretty baffling how a show about known events and people still manages to end with some cliffhangers. Season 2 should come as soon as possible. Long live the Queen!