I want to reiterate, because I think it’s important right now, not to be cruel to each other – on here, on other sites, in life in general. Please, let’s be better than that. With that said, here’s a hopefully feel good post I wrote a few days ago.
Have you guys been watching The Crown on Netflix? I’ve watched the entire series and I quite like it, but no one I know has seen the show so I have no one to talk about it with. And since it is royal related, I thought I’d talk about it here for the hell of it.
The Crown stars Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Prince Philip. The show’s first season, which features 10 episodes and is currently available on Netflix, follows Elizabeth from the point of her wedding to Philip through the death of her father and ascension to the throne, ending with Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) stepping down as Prime Minister and the end of Princess Margaret’s (Vanessa Kirby) relationship with Peter Townsend (Ben Miles).
They are currently moving ahead with a season 2. A lot has been made about the cost of this show, with reports saying that it was the most expensive show ever made with a rumored $156 million budget for two seasons. But creator Peter Morgan said: “It was $100 million for two seasons.”
Moving on to my thoughts. I would put The Crown in the middle of the pack of what I’ve seen from Netflix original series: it’s not as good as Stranger Things, Daredevil season 1 & the first half of season 2, or the first two seasons of House of Cards; but it’s better than the second two seasons of House of Cards, Jessica Jones, and the second half of Daredevil season 2.
The producers clearly put a lot of effort into making the show look as good as possible, and I must say the fashion is a big part of the show for me. The costumes were amazing. Some of the jewelry looked pretty fake but it was a good try on their part. And I thought the acting was mostly great – Foy was fantastic, and Lithgow and Alex Jennings (who played the Duke of Windsor) were stand outs.
If you are looking for a good period drama, then this show is a good one for you. But if you’re looking for a biography of the Queen, look somewhere else. The show is not entirely accurate – they get many factual things wrong, make up a lot of private conversations, and perpetuate the myth that Edward VIII abdicated purely for the love of Wallis Simpson and that it had nothing to do with the fact that they were both Nazi sympathizers. So if you’re the type of person to gripe at all of the inaccuracies, like Dickie Arbiter, then skip this show. But if you can overlook that to watch a really well done period drama, then give it a try.
Aside from the inaccuracies, I will say that the pacing and timeframe of the show is off. They do a good job telling you when you’re in the past, but when it’s the present time of the show they don’t do a good job of letting you know where you are in what year. Some episodes spans months, while others span days, so it’s hard to tell what month and year it is sometimes.
My only other gripe with the show is Matt Smith. I can’t help but see Matt Smith playing The Doctor playing Prince Philip. That’s not because I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who, but rather because Smith plays the two characters very similarly. There are many instances throughout the show where if Smith were saying lines written for The Doctor rather than lines written for Prince Philip there wouldn’t be a difference in performance at all.
But overall I very much enjoyed the show – I was able to overlook the inaccuracies and watch it as a period character drama. It’s quite moving at times, and I’m very much looking forward to season 2.
There as a presentation featuring costumes from the show with designer Michele Clapton at the ICA on October 17 in London. Here are some photos from that event of the costumes on the show.
These two were worn by Princess Margaret on the show.