Netflix now has a remarkable variety of shows from every genre, but The Crown still stands out as the prestige and large scale drama at the very top of their slate.
Replacing the incredible young lead cast of Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and Vanessa Kirby was always going to be a very tough feat, and they managed to be successful, even though the characters do feel very much like different versions, but this is likely intentional.
Olivia Colman is one of the best and most versatile actors of her generation, and was the only real choice to play this era of the Queen. She adds a slightly more closed off edge to the role, which is something very much that happened in real life, but she also does bring great heart and internal conflict to the role.
Helena Bonham Carter is perfectly cast as Margaret, bringing a real unpredictability and internal hurt to someone who Vanessa Kirby did such a great job originating.
As for Tobias Menzies, he is very good as a much changed and much more irritable Phillip. Gone is the charismatic playboy that Matt Smith portrayed, and here is a mostly unhappy and unfulfilled man.
There is a stunning ensemble in supporting roles with some iconic thespians, and they all add to the desired effect of prestige. However, the main stand out is Josh O’Connor as a young Charles, and with Diana being introduced next season, he is sure to be a big part of the fascinating future of the show.
The production values are simply stunning and the clarity of the image is the most HD I have ever seen on a television show, and it truly adds to the experience.
The next few decades were incredibly turbulent for the monarchy, and are sure to make for some brilliant drama.
Rating = 4/5