THE CROWN – a film about the queen
The Crown is way better than reality – a sincere review
A hyper realistic frame brings into the open the British royalty’s private life as such, showing King George VI spitting blood and feeling sick – not the usual royal allegory one would imagine. However, Peter Morgan dared to bet on these people’s humanity and spent no less than 100 million pounds on doing so. The Crown is considered to be the most expensive TV series ever produced and is keen on making (or displacing) history.
“Who wants transparency when you can have magic? Who wants prose when you can have poetry? Pull away the veil and what are you left with? An ordinary young woman of modest ability and little imagination. But wrap her up like this, anoint her with oil, and hey, presto, what do you have? A goddess.” – Duke of Windsor (S1/ Ep.5)
Focusing on Queen Elizabeth’s youth and early years of reign (1947-1956), the first season depicts the struggle she had dealing with her father’s death, followed by one premature coronation and the loss of her self and family life. Detached from another era, the main characters are still living and breathing through all the modern changes, while keeping the nobility and the strength of their purpose:
“Monarchy is God’s sacred mission to grace and dignify the earth. To give ordinary people an ideal to strive towards, an example of nobility and duty to raise them in their wretched lives. Monarchy is a calling from God.” – Queen Mary (S1/Ep.4)
In just 10 episodes you can witness a royal wedding (the first one to be transmitted live on television), a royal honeymoon (the Commonwealth visit), a royal funeral, spicy details about the love scandal and the abdication of King Edward VIII (the Duke of Windsor), the monumental nature of Winston Churchill and the British colonial politics, Prince Philip’s crazy reactions, the royal drama created by Princess Margret (Queen Elizabeth’s little sister) + some very precious advice on how to deal with unbearable pressure, together with the weighty task of being always neutral in your decisions.
The Crown follows the real action that took place behind the royal curtains, which has been refined for centuries and wrapped up in mystery, cause no soul had to be aware of its real burden. The next season is still in the making process and no release date was announced so soon. Though, considering its sticking success and addiction power, doubled by the significant fascination that British monarchy still imposes upon us all, this series has the potential to reach your top must-see list in 3, 2, 1…
God save the Queen!