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Our ceaseless infatuation with Queen Elizabeth II is given yet more fuel by this sumptuous, superbly produced series...Under the direction of Stephen Daldry (The Hours; Billy Elliot) Claire Foy gives a nice, nervy edge to Elizabeth.
When Netflix does a genre, it usually does it right. The Crown looks to be highbrow drama that understands history is most compelling when it reveals the personal turmoil and struggles of public figures.
Netflix's lavish production ticks all the boxes of a royal awards contender: impeccable craftsmanship, sterling performances and a historical story. But all that polish may have dulled its edge.
This is big league television -- the kind of ambitious and exuberant project that will be talked about in years to come.
Matt Smith and Claire Foy share a touching, easy chemistry that makes the longevity of the union easy to understand, and renders the couple not just sympathetic but human.
Audience Reviews for The Crown: Season 1
I really don't see the point of writing a series about the Queen when she is still very much alive. It's well acted but I am really unsure of the historical accuracy and the saucy drama. Matt Smith was a bad cast for playing Phillip.
"The Crown" is an expertly crafted series, with very good acting, costumes, music, sound and sets. But gee whiz! Could there be a more boring subject than a woman who has led a virtually scandal-free public life for 60-plus years and who studiously avoids expressing an opinion on anything? At times, it's like watching paint dry. One episode involves the riveting tale of HRH's choice of a last name for her family. Another episode is about pollution, that no one does anything about, and that goes away all on its own, resulting in no one getting in trouble for the pollution. There's no drama to this dramatic series.
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