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The Crown: Season Two

Review by CJ

Director:
Philip Martin, Benjamin Caron, Philippa Lowthorpe, Stephen Daldry

Writer:
Peter Morgan, Amy Jenkins, Tom Edge, Edward Hemming

Starring:
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Matthew Goode, Victoria Hamilton

Other notable appearances:
Jeremy Northam, Daniel Ings, Greg Wise, Will Keen, Harry Hadden-Paton, Pip Torrens, Alex Jennings, Lia Williams, Jared Harris, Paul Sparks, Michael C. Hall, Jodi Balfour

Running time:
54-61 minutes

Number of episodes:
10

 

Following on from season one, The Crown details the world and personal events that surrounded the British Monarchy from 1956 to 1964.

The Crown is a truly beautiful television series that merges historically significant events with the lives of people about whom the public seldom knows much. Sure, there are tabloid stories and scandals and celebrations, but they still live most of their lives in rarefied air that most people will never experience.

The dialogue in The Crown is well written and, surprisingly, very funny at times. Obviously, The Crown is not a comedy where the jokes are flying every which way, but the wit and humour are still prevalent enough to be worthy a mention.

As many laughs as there are, there are even more heart-wrenching or frustrating moments as we join Queen Elizabeth II (Foy) on the journey through her life. From her fears to her challenges to her battered heart, The Crown takes the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster.

The version of Queen Elizabeth II found in season 2 of The Crown is a force to be reckoned with while still, at heart, being a painfully shy and often unsure leader. I adored the scenes between the Queen and Jackie Kennedy (Balfour), and the following scene with Prince Philip, because the character was deep and anxious and a little bit vulnerable.

Princess Margaret (Kirby) is still insufferable. The character really hasn’t shown much development in two seasons spanning over 15 years. If anything she has become more vindictive and bitter the longer the series goes on.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character development of Prince Philip (Smith). The depiction of the Duke of Edinburgh has taken him from a spoiled, sullen and overall unlikeable character to someone whose darkness has been explained and softened.

The reason these characters are all so interesting to watch is because the cast all do a fantastic job of bringing them to life, the writers create believable dialogue within a real world, and, I must admit, the costumes are so well made that they seem to bring another dimension to the characters.

I mused in the review for season one that we mere mortals may never know how much of the events depicted are accurate. But what I do know is that the second season of The Crown is just as good as, if not better than, the first. Whether you’re a fan of period dramas, the British monarchy, or just engaging dramas, The Crown makes for some spectacular viewing.

Rating:
5 Stars

“Lord Altrincham has been struck.”
“Dumb, I hope.”
“Better than that, ma’am. In the face. Quite forcefully, I’m told.”

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1 Comment on The Crown: Season Two

  1. While not a fan of any sort of period drama, I have managed to catch a few episodes of this series. And while not a massive fan, it has…intrigued me enough not to completely leave the room.

    The set design and costumes are absolutely phenomenal and blows me away that we are seeing this quality in a tv series. It still just amazes me.

    The review is spot on, ad I’m sure my girlfriend would completely agree with you.

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