The Crown (Nov. 2016 – )
This Netflix original drama series chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy). It explores her early life from the 1940s and covers her marriage to Prince Philip.
Much like Reign, every season covers a different time in her life, with the second about the events that happened during 1956 to 1964. The third covers the period from 1964 to 1976 and the fourth is set in the 1980s with the introduction of Lady Diana Spencer.
The Crown covers most of Queen Elizabeth’s life from younger years to her reign and digs into the events that helped revive the British Empire from its decline during a time of political disarray. It provides an intimate look at the private life of the longest-reigning British monarch from masterfully researched scripts. The series gives a glimpse into the scandalous lives of the British royals.
Despite it being a historical drama, this show is superb in every way from the cast, cinematography, acting, storytelling, costume, and more. Each character portrayal is done very well, and need I mention the background score by Hans Zimmer, which is very accurate to any situation.
This series isn’t a Golden Globe winner for nothing. Even the minute details are captured in hawkish quality (you get to see white hairs in Winston Churchill’s nostril).
This show tells the truth which history books do not. It brings so much life to a period piece and leaves little to no room for contention since the story is told based on real-life events. Even Her Majesty approves of the stories told in the series and her endorsement clearly speaks volumes.
The Crown is definitely an engrossing series and one that captivates you from start to finish. Above all else, it gives a powerful message about courage, devotion, integrity, and honesty, qualities that can win any person even a country.
Similar to Vikings, Ragnar’s courage to sail oceans in his search for a better future led to him being one of the revered and feared conqueror and Viking king.
Directors: Benjamin Caron, Philip Martin, Stephen Daldry – Screenplay: Peter Morgan – Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Vanessa Kirby– Run Time: 58 min