Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ tantalizes viewers with portrayal of royal life

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It’s no overstatement to say the modern royal family has many fans. But Netflix’s “The Crown” invites viewers to experience the royal family before the new babies, marriages and even before William and Harry. And according to its ratings and the fact that it’s getting a second season, royal fans and non-fans alike are drawn to the show.

“The Crown” follows Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) as she ascends to the throne and navigates her new role as queen, a title that she did not expect to ever hold. As queen, her personal relationships especially with her husband, Prince Philip (Matt Smith), and her sister, Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), take on a different dynamic that the show develops quite well. In addition to her challenging new personal life, she has to come into her own, as a public leader to inspire morale within her people.

One of my favorite aspects of the show is the detail in which the costumes are created. As the show initially takes place in the ‘40s and ‘50s, the costume designers not only had to design intriguing costumes, but they also had to keep the clothes historically accurate. They had to face another challenge: the recreation of some of Elizabeth and Philip’s clothes. Despite these obstacles, the costumes are all very extravagant and accent the sets and the actors perfectly in every single scene. Margaret’s, Elizabeth’s sister, clothes especially complement her character and consistently remind the audience about the differences between her and Elizabeth.

The acting in this show is incredible. The actors channel the historical figures they portray so well the audience has no choice but to get lost in the story rather than nitpick the small differences between the actors and their historical counterparts. Not only do they shoulder the burden of acting as real life people with grace and ease, they also manage to channel the subtleties of their relationships to the audience without hitting the audience over the head with explanations of how the characters feel and why. Foy and Smith’s relationship is so realistically portrayed that I can no longer associate them with any role other than their roles on “The Crown.”

If you care at all about either the royal family or historical dramas (or both), you have to do yourself a favor and catch up on “The Crown” before its third season is released. You will find yourself transported to the United Kingdom in the mid-20th century, to a young queen caught between her crown and her loyalty to her family, to a palace where carefully concealed scandal lurks beneath the surface. And believe me, you won’t want to leave.

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