This is not going to shock anyone. I’ve started to watch the new Netflix series The Crown, the story of the early days of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, and I give it a prim, white-gloved thumbs UP.
The cinematography is breathtaking and dramatic. The young Princess Elizabeth’s sensible modesty, contrasted with sumptuous royal surroundings and rituals, drew me in immediately. We know it’s a good story, and it appears that in this version, it’s very well told; there is nuance and no melodrama.
Although it’s odd to warn of spoilers in a story that has already happened in real life, this Vanity Fair article connects The Crown to Downton Abbey. If you don’t know the connection, wait to read the article until after you’ve watched Episode 9.
All ten episodes of the first series went up on Netflix on November 4. There are to be 6 series total. [Edited to add: as of December 2017, Season 2 is streaming on Netflix. Riveting!]
With the current tempests tossing our country’s experiment in self-rule, what better escapism than to spend a Lazy Sunday with the monarchy from which we rebelled?
P.S. Claire Foy, the actress who plays the young queen, looked so familiar. Where had I seen her before?
She played Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall. Yikes!