Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Crown (My Thoughts)

I watched all TEN episodes of THE CROWN this week. The show is gush-worthy and giddy-making. This Netflix-Original miniseries focuses on the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

Technically, the first two episodes she is merely Princess Elizabeth. The episode that covers the most time is episode one. That episode begins in 1947 and ends in 1951! Viewers get the chance to see Elizabeth and Philip marry and start a family.

Also viewers get a chance to see the relationship between father and daughter. (Or perhaps I should say DAUGHTERS). Princess Margaret is very much a presence on the show, a bit of a scene-stealer at times.

So I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. It does say 'mature audience' and that typically means a few minutes of every episode are not quite family-friendly. I haven't seen anything so 'horrid' or 'shocking' that would make me stop watching--as a Christian with slightly stricter guidelines in place.

The opening credits are by HANS ZIMMER. The music is by Rupert Gregson-Williams.

Queen Elizabeth is played by Claire Foy. (Look, it's LITTLE DORRIT!)
Prince Philip is played by Matt Smith.
The Queen Mother (Queen Elizabeth) is played by Victoria Hamilton (I know her best from Lark Rise to Candleford)
Peter Townsend is played by Ben Miles (I've about decided he makes every show better.)
Princess Margaret is played by Vanessa Kirby. (This first season has a lot of DRAMA).
King George VI is played by Jared Harris. (His brother, THE DUKE OF WINDSOR, is played by Alex Jennings.)
Winston Churchill is played by John Lithgow. (And oh how well he does in the role!!!!)

EVERYTHING is done so well. It doesn't have a mini-series feel to it. It feels MAJOR MOVIE.  

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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