Another day, another review. Today I want to talk about The Crown’s fourth season which certainly made me feel all the feels!
The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):
The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.
Oh my, this made me so angry.
Don’t get me wrong. The season is brilliantly done. The cast is outstanding as usual, the cinematography and the soundtrack are on point.
However, so many of the events in this season had me livid. I know the show is not always entirely true to history but if even one or two of the stories mentioned happened it’s enough for me to punch a hole in a wall.
I’m trying hard to keep this review short and to the point without going off on too much of a tangent but everybody is just so horrible. Before I actually felt for some members of the royal family but in this season the elitism and entitlement are off the charts. The way the royal family treated Thatcher when she was visiting was already enough to set my teeth on edge, even though Thatcher is horrible herself.
And then we got to the episodes with Diana. Those just broke my heart. Princess Diana died when I was three years old, so I don’t have any memories of how she was when she was alive. But from everything I had heard and read about her previously, I feel like they captured her essence rather well. Again, I don’t know how fictitious the depicted events are, but if only one of the conversations between her and Charles happened like this… I’m at a loss for words.
However, the problem is that the actor who plays Charles is so much more charming than the real Charles. It’s difficult to hate him even at the worst of times. And you’ll want to!
My personal sentiments on the royals aside, I really have to praise not only the acting but also give a big shoutout to costume, makeup, and casting. It’s insane how much all the actors and actresses resemble the real people. Every single time I am flabbergasted!
I know many people complained about which part of politics were included and which parts were left out. It’s impossible to include everything of course and I feel like I’m not familiar enough with UK politics to give a judgment there. All that I can say is that what was included was fascinating and sent me on a Wikipedia spree.
This season made me so angry! The events depicted are pretty intense at times, so prepare for some heated emotions! Everything about the season is brilliantly done and literally the only complaint I have is that reality sucks.
Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!
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4 thoughts on “The Crown: Season 4 – A Review”
I struggled with the first couple of seasons because I found them boring, but this one I struggled with because it was so hard to watch. It disgusted me how the royal family treated Thatcher, and even more the way they treated Diana. Not to mention how hard it was to watch the eating disorder related episodes as I’ve been there myself. The acting is terrific though, and I agree that Josh O’Connor is way too charming and likeable to be Prince Charles. He just makes it impossible to hate the character.
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Yes, those episodes were extremely difficult to watch. My heart broke for Diana.
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