Today we’re going to talk about the most recent season of Netflix’s The Crown. We’re now 5 seasons deep into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, which means we’ve now made it to the 90s.
The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):
Based on an award-winning play (“The Audience”) by showrunner Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
What a season. The Crown is certainly always a big spectacle and the latest installment isn’t a letdown in that regard. While the show has previously covered a lot of important events, I was especially curious to see how the whole Charles and Diana thing gets tackled as this is among the most prominent things that have happened within the royal family. I feel like that was especially the case because the media was all over it. Sure, there was reporting on the royal family before, but was there ever as much going on – especially focused on the private life of individuals within the family – as at that time? Plus, while I am too young to remember any of it, there is a large chunk of the audience who will have memories of Diana, of her marriage with Charles, and the reporting thereof. Hence, I was simply intrigued to see how that would translate to the screen.
I want to start with Elizabeth Debicki who portrayed Diana in this season. God, what a truly outstanding performance that was. She really nailed it. Not just the look but so many of the little mannerisms, the way she speaks. Just amazing. I hope Debicki wins all the awards for this, she’d deserve it. Out of the entire cast, I believe her performance was the strongest – and that says something considering that this season also featured Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce.Continue reading