Wednesday, January 04, 2017

At a time when Britain was recovering from war and her empire was in decline, a young woman took the throne as a matter of duty not desire. Prepare for a world full of intrigue and revelations in The Crown.

Created and written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix, The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. It is expected to span 60 episodes over six seasons, the first season — comprising 10 one-hour episodes, was released in its entirety on November 4, 2016 — depicting events up to 1955, with Claire Foy playing the Queen in the early part of her reign. Reception to the series was overwhelmingly positive, with critics praising cast performances, direction, writing, cinematography, production values, and relatively accurate historical accounts of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

The Guardian’s TV critic Lucy Mangan praised the series and said, “Netflix can rest assured that its £100m gamble has paid off. This first series, about good old British phlegm from first to last, is the service’s crowning achievement so far.”

Writing for The Daily Telegraph, Ben Lawrence said, “The Crown is a PR triumph for the Windsors, a compassionate piece of work that humanizes them in a way that has never been seen before. It is a portrait of an extraordinary family, an intelligent comment on the effects of the constitution on their personal lives and a fascinating account of postwar Britain all rolled into one.”

Chief television critic Jaci Stephen of The Mail lauded the series and said, “Faultless is the only word for The Crown with its exquisite writing and magnificent acting.”

Writing for The Boston Globe, Matthew Gilbert lauded the series saying, “The show, created and written by Peter Morgan of The Queen and Frost/Nixon is thoroughly engaging, gorgeously shot, beautifully acted, rich in the historical events of postwar England, and designed with a sharp eye to psychological nuance.”

Vicki Hyman of The Star-Ledger said, “A sumptuous, stately but never dull look inside the life of Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy).”

The A.V. Club’s Gwen Ihnat said, “The Crown easily rises far above, adding a cinematic quality to a complex and intricate time for an intimate family. The performers and creators are seemingly up for the task.”

The Wall Street Journal critic Dorothy Rabinowitz said, “We’re clearly meant to see the duke [of Windsor] as a wastrel with heart. It doesn’t quite come off — Mr. Jennings is far too convincing as an empty-hearted scoundrel — but it’s a minor flaw in this superbly sustained work.”

Television critic Robert Lloyd writing for Los Angeles Times said, “As television it’s excellent — beautifully mounted, movingly played and only mildly melodramatic.”

Hank Stuever of The Washington Post also reviewed the series positively: “Pieces of The Crown are more brilliant on their own than they are as a series, taken in as shorter, intently focused films like The Queen and another Morgan achievement, the play and film versions of Frost/Nixon.”

Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said, “This is a thoughtful series that lingers over death rather than using it for shock value; one that finds its story lines in small power struggles rather than gruesome palace coups.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg reviewed the series positively and said, “The first chapter of Peter Morgan’s chronicle of the rule of Queen Elizabeth II remains gripping across the entirety of the 10 episodes made available to critics, finding both emotional heft in Elizabeth’s youthful ascension and unexpected suspense in matters of courtly protocol and etiquette.”

Other publications such as USA Today, Indiewire, The Atlantic, CNN and Variety all reviewed the series positively.

Some were more critical towards the show. In a less enthusiastic review for Time magazine, Daniel D’Addario wrote, “The show will be compared to Downton Abbey, but that late soap opera was able to invent a historical or at least unexpected notes, Foy [Clair] struggles mightily, but she’s given little: Avoiding her children, her husband, and her subjects in favor of meetings at which she either acquiesces to her advisors or puts off acquiescing until fifteen minutes later, The Crown’s Elizabeth is more than unknowable. She’s a bore.”

Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz quipped, “The Crown never entirely figures out how to make the political and domestic drama genuinely dramatic, much less bestow complexity on characters outside England’s innermost circle.”

Verne Gay of Newsday said, “Sumptuously produced but glacially told, The Crown is the TV equivalent of a long drive through the English countryside. The scenery keeps changing, but remains the same.”

Slate magazine’s Willa Paskin, expressed “It will scratch your period drama itch — and leave you itchy for action.”

Writing for The Mail, Hugo Vickers, an English biographer of the Royal Family, was of the opinion that “while [The Crown] certainly holds the attention, it is marred by a series of sensationalist errors and some quite remarkable lapses into vulgarity.”


Watch The Crown online.

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  1. Oh, it's totally worth the watch! :) Sana magkaroon ng Season 2! :)

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